As fairly recent transplant to this country, I’ve come to understand that Thanksgiving means different things to different people.
For some, it’s a time of both tremendous joy (and some degree of stress) as they host large family gatherings. For others it’s a time of great culinary indulgence and one of the few times of the year where overeating will not be frowned upon. And for even still others, it’s a time to re-visit precisely how the first Thanksgiving should be fairly evaluated. Family members are routinely debating the decades following the Pilgrims’ arrival, when the native tribes found themselves increasingly under siege due to expansion of the newcomers’ land grabs.
As someone celebrating Thanksgiving as a newly adopted holiday celebration, the tradition has afforded me an important opportunity to reflect deeply on the year’s events – and simply to Give Thanks, far and wide.
I am grateful for all of the year’s highs – particularly the presence of treasured people I have interacted with in my daily life. Certainly, there have been both losses and gains, but overall it has been an exciting – even thrilling – year. And as my exhilarating first year of business in New York, I’m also cognizant that the challenges I confronted must also be appreciated, because they presented unique opportunities for growth, both personally and professionally.
So here’s my personal Thanks-Giving – warmly extended to all who ‘came alongside’ me this year – my husband, my close relatives, friends and industry colleagues.
But of course, I have a special Giving of Thanks for my clients, without whom I would not be looking forward to another enjoyable business year in what has certainly become my haven in the Hudson.
I sincerely wish you all the very best of what Thanksgiving represents.