I’m taking the easy way out this year and ordering my whole Thanksgiving day feast from Dale Miller’s Restaurant. Maybe it’s cheating, but it makes the holiday so much easier and enjoyable. I’ll still have all the dishes and clean-up to do. That’s enough!
Beyond the food and clean-up, I’m thinking about how much I have to be grateful this year. And it just occurred to me that the older I get, the more I have to be grateful for. After all, I’ve had more time on this earth now than ever before. I’ve had more opportunity to try out new ideas, meet new people, and do more things. True they haven’t all worked out the way I wanted them to, but many have.
With all the odds against me, 25 years ago I started my own one-woman training and speaking business. At the time, I was a rarity in the Capital District. Not too many woman owned their own business then. At a typical Chamber meeting, I was often one of only three or four women who attended, with 40 or 50 men. My challenge was especially great because my business consisted of giving advice to business people and most of those people were men. I was young too. So there I was a young, assertive woman offering training services to a dubious public.
Somehow, I made it work. And for that I am very grateful. The challenge still continues today as I try to keep my business afloat in a down economy. I am grateful that I have the stamina to keep working at it even as the economy limps along and many of my same-age colleagues move into retirement.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. Be thankful for your dreams and the fortitude to make them work.