Some of us may see Thanksgiving as the beginning of a long break from work. Others may want to get a jump on holiday shopping by seeking out ‘Black Friday’ deals at stores or online. Clearly this is a big ‘eating’ holiday, whether you spend it with family or with close friends. But in my view, this is really not what the holiday is about.
If you work with a nonprofit, you’ve probably already started your year end fundraising campaign. Instead of focusing on the timing and wording of your solicitations, remember to thank your donors for their support, and tell them how their contributions have helped to benefit your constituents. Also make the effort to appreciate your colleagues at your organization who work so hard year-round to support you and your nonprofit’s cause.
If you work for an organization that provides a product or service for nonprofits, thank your clients for having entrusted you to achieve their important work. And take the time to fully understand how they serve their supporters so you can be an even better partner.
If you are in between jobs, don’t focus on how difficult it is to find your next position. Instead, be thankful that you have a roof over your head, you have people who care about you and you have enough to eat from day to day. Many others are not so fortunate.
If you know someone who is alone or who is going through a difficult time, reach out to spend time with them during the upcoming holidays.
Take the time every day to be thankful for what you already have, not only on Thanksgiving. It can make all the difference, no matter what your current situation is.