Thankful Thoughts

The days are getting short: dark when you arrive at work, and dark when you leave. Winter is near. It is the beginning of the Holiday Season. The season is kicked off by Thanksgiving. A great work holiday because it is usually good for two days off, plus the weekend, resulting in a four-day reprieve from the pressures of work.
Thanksgiving is a good time to step back from the cynicism and consider those things for which we should be thankful. For example, those of us that are employed should be thankful that we have work and are earning a reasonable wage. We should be thankful that the United States economy continues to be one of the most resilient economies in the world. We should give thanks to the American consumer that continues to drive that economy. As employees, we should be thankful that 401K’s allow us to manage our own retirement and we no longer depend on retirement pensions provided by the company. We should give thanks for our raise in pay this year that almost covers the increase in our portion of the cost for our health care benefit. Thanks should be given that, although times get tough, our companies still provide us with the essentials… coffee, restrooms, and yes, even the toilet paper is back.
It is often useful to look at your situation relative to others in order to put blessings into perspective. For example, I am thankful that I do not work at Google where I would be burdened with many financial advisors and a great responsibility to manage all the income from my lucrative stock options. Likewise, I am thankful that I do not work at Apple where the gratification of delivering such popular and successful products could increase my job satisfaction and ownership to the point it might upset my work life balance. Finally, I am grateful that I am not burdened with detailed planning for a paid sabbatical that Intel provides to employees.
Yes, I am quite fortunate.
Now, corporate executives should not stop there. Their thanks should extend to be thankful for their pre-arranged stock sale that "just happened” to coincide with the fifty-two week high for the stock. They should be thankful that the number of granted options was considerably higher, and the price of their granted options was considerably lower than that given to the minions below. And of course, they must be grateful for all their industrious employees working over the Thanksgiving holiday to meet a Monday delivery date (this is really important because the executive receives a considerable bonus if delivery occurs before Tuesday).
Yes, it is indeed satisfying to step back and appreciate the many things for which we are thankful.
It is good for the soul…. and it really helps alleviate cynicism.