Who are you going to thank today?

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This Beanie Baby named “Gobbles” sits proudly on the fireplace mantle in the Batz Enterprises headquarters as a whimsical reminder of the gratitude season.

Immediately after Halloween, my wife Melinda removes the spooky decorations around the house and places a silly little Beanie Baby turkey on the fireplace mantle.  It’s one of our Thanksgiving preparation rituals. I gaze at “Gobbles” in the mornings and smile.  That was $5 well spent.

Don’tcha just love Thanksgiving? You can feel the buzz building throughout the office and on the street.“What are you doing for Thanksgiving?” we ask with vigor. Who doesn’t anticipate the indulgent family feast, which ignites a midnight dash for door-busters.

Many people claim Thanksgiving as their favorite holiday of the year.  Families faithfully make the trek. College kids return. Entrepreneurs and executives actually take the day off. It’s magical how our faith comes alive around an abundant dinner table.  Thanksgiving is one of the heartiest Seven Fs experiences…if you count your finances as a blessing and remember to take a walk for fitness (or play football.)

But alas, today is only Tuesday.  We have to wait at least 48 hours until the turkey and stuffing hangover.  But why should we wait for Thanksgiving Thursday to express our gratitude?  People who radiate goodness are generous and grateful every day.  It’s not as glitzy on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to say “Thank You”…that’s what makes it special. Genuine. Sincere. Unusual!?

How about: “Thank you for putting up with me…I’m not kidding, I mean it! I’m a piece of work. Thank you.” That may be appreciated.

Or: “Thank you for always remembering to check the Junk email…that’s something I never think about and you always find important things in there. Thank you.” That might also be appreciated.

And perhaps: “Thank you for always believing in me…when things are crazy around here, you always stay loyal and positive.  I know I don’t say it enough, so I will today…Thank you.”

This Thursday it’s trendy. On Thanksgiving day, gratitude is expected. Anticipated. Customary. Cliché?

But on an ordinary day like today…it’s goodness.

Good leaders recognize the special people in their lives on a daily basis and say “Thank You” when it’s not expected or anticipated.  And they go out of their way to make sure people feel appreciated. Everyday.

Drop me a note: Who are you going to thank today? Then make sure you thank them.  Today.

PS: While you’re in the mood, why not write a real “thank you” note?  Not an e-mail.  Ink on paper…in an envelope. With a real stamp.  When was the last time you received a real piece of mail?  It feels good! Can you send one today?  Seize the day![/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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