Thanks to People Who Support the People Who Support You

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As you give thanks today — although I suspect most of you are too busy with turkey and gravy and pumpkin pie to be reading a blog — I suggest you expand your circle of gratitude to include all the people who support the people who support you in a thousand different ways.

On Thanksgiving four years ago, I had a post called “Giving Thanks to People I Don’t Know.” Perhaps now is a good time to again suggest you begin each day with gratitude to people you don’t know personally. However, they are necessary to help make your life enjoyable and allow you to do what you need to do.

Here are some examples of the kinds of people on whom I count for help in getting through the day — and for those who support them.

I give thanks for the people who test the medicine I take for my aches and pains, and for the people who support them.

I give thanks for the farmers who grow the wheat that becomes part of my breakfast, and for the people who support them.

I give thanks for the people who made the knife with which I can cut a banana to eat on my cereal, and for the people who support them.

I give thanks for the journalists who put themselves in harm’s way to bring me news I need to know about areas of the world that are in conflict, and for the people who support them.

I give thanks for flaky Hollywood impersonator street performers who bring a smile to the face of those who pass, and for the people who support them.

I give thanks for the teachers who teach in places where they face opposition for educating children, and for the people who support them.

I give thanks for people who manufacture containers for milk and orange juice, and for the people who support them.

I give thanks for the people who acknowledge alcohol and drug abuse and take steps to overcome their addictions, and for the people who support them.

I believe that if you were to give thanks for all the people who support the people you need —and then be thankful for the people who support them, your thanks would eventually circle the globe. It’s a small world, isn’t it?

Happy Thanksgiving.

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