It’s Thanksgiving week in the United States, a chance to step off the treadmill and take some much-needed time with family and friends. Many of us are having our first in-person Thanksgiving since 2019, which makes it all the more special and significant. With that in mind, I wanted to share five stories that really capture the meaning of Thanksgiving, family and gratitude.

  • What Really Matters (#47): On January 15, 2009, Sully Sullenberger miraculously landed a plane in the Hudson River, saving over 150 passengers. One of those passengers was Red Ventures founder Ric Elias, who shared how the experience changed his life.
  • Conscious Inaction (#151): Several years ago, REI did something unprecedented in modern retail—they closed their doors on Black Friday and gave their employees a chance to fully enjoy their Thanksgiving holiday. This is an important reminder that what we choose not to do can be just as important as what we do.
  • Spending Time (#204): The holidays are a time where we often stress over the perfect gift to get our loved ones. Often, however, what the people in our lives want most is our attention. This is a reminder to set aside time to spend with the people who matter most during the holidays.
  • Simple Gestures (#256): One Christmas Eve, consultant and keynote speaker Ryan Estis had a chance encounter with a barista in an airport coffee shop. He swears he’ll never forget the experience—and the story offers a key lesson for daily life.

  • Perfect Moments (#268): While this post was not written during Thanksgiving week, the story of how Eugene O’Kelly chose to spend his final months after a terminal cancer diagnosis provides a blueprint for how we can create perfect moments with the people closest to us.

I hope you have and take the opportunity to spend time with the people who matter most as we approach the end of 2021.

Quote of The Week

“What if today, we were just grateful for everything?”


– Charlie Brown