"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving."
This week, America is celebrating Thanksgiving by lounging on the couch, watching football, eating until we are stuffed, and, perhaps, taking part in the Black Friday bonanza.
Some of us may even be donating to those who cannot afford a decent dinner. Others will be volunteering time to serve that dinner.
From relaxation to time with family to giving back to others, Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to pull back from our normal routine and reflect.
I'm sure when you were younger, at some point around the Thanksgiving holiday, you were challenged to say what you were thankful for. You probably replied with something simple –– toys, pets, mom and dad, maybe even your brother or sister, if you were getting along at the moment. But as you've grown older, your answers have probably changed. You're now thankful for a shelter over your head, food on your table, your job, etc. All wonderful things to be thankful for.
However, this year, I challenge you to go around the Thanksgiving table and ask your guests who they are thankful for.
People make our life worth living. People support us when we need it most. People laugh, cry, celebrate, and rejoice with us.
We must remember that a connection, a real "like," a real "love," and a real "friend" comes from people –– not from technology nor a device.
Here at Regency, we're thankful for our families, our friends, our leadership team, our employees, our vendors, our customers, and the people within our charities we so deeply cherish. Without these people, nothing we do here would be possible.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!