Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States, and for many, it is full of traditions. At our office, we had a Fiercegiving potluck yesterday, and over the lunch table, we were talking about our favorite dishes and traditions.
For me, every Thanksgiving dinner, my family starts a conversation with the same question. We go around the table and ask: what are you most thankful for?
Everyone is expected to participate and contribute. There is no “pass” to answering the question.
As a young girl in my booster seat, my answers usually involved extreme gratitude for my Barbies, the cranberry sauce, my cat – naturally, all of things that made my world so sweet and fun.
As the years have passed, my answers shifted to being thankful for living in the same city as my family, for my health, for creating silly memories together, and for sustaining the traditions we have. The answers change over the years...because I do.
With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I am excited to share the same, warm question with our family and guests. This beautiful ritual my family and I cherish is, in actuality, a very simple conversation. It allows us to check-in with ourselves and one another. It is a way to share how we’ve grown or changed and how our gratitude has shifted accordingly – from Barbies to creating memories. This conversation is a connecting point for us.
What traditions do you have around conversations? I really want to know!
And if you don’t have one, perhaps you can ask: What are you most thankful for?
This blog was originally published November 27, 2011 by Stacey Engle, EVP of Marketing.