Tomorrow, the entire nation celebrates Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, like most holidays, holds different meanings for different people. For some it's simply time off from work, for others it's an opportunity to get together with friends and family. There will be lots of socializing, eating, drinking and watching television. But for some, Thanksgiving is a reminder of old tragedies and loved ones no longer here.
It seems that this past year has been rife with challenges for several friends and even on a personal level. Yet I realize that I have so much to be thankful for. I recognize and "own" the challenges as a part of my life, but instead of dwelling on them, I choose to make gratitude my mantra for tomorrow.
No matter what's going on in your life, you can be grateful that you are a member of a valuable, crucial profession. Your training and technical skills (the envy of many) give you the ability to influence lives each day. Your dedication and attention to detail have made the difference between life and death, several times just this year alone. As you celebrate tomorrow, don’t forget to give thanks that you are the honored member of a valuable profession. No matter how advanced technology has become, it's your eyes, ears, hands and mind that have made the difference. Many of those people celebrating tomorrow have been given a second chance or have an improved quality of life because of your careful, competent attention to detail. That's awesome!
Whether you are spending time with loved ones (or in the lab making a difference while others are at home). Happy Thanksgiving everyone!