I was inspired recently to think much more intentionally about gratitude.
Rather than the usual appreciation for say, food on the table, I was asked to consider a sort of micro, supply chain list of all the various humans involved in getting that food to me:
- The farmer
- Those harvesting
- The people packaging
- The truck driver or shipper
- The people unloading
- Those stocking the shelves
It’s a very humbling and deeply moving process to think through and express thanks for all the many hands involved in helping me meet the most basic of needs.
As I end this week early to cook to my heart’s delight, chill, and spend time with my family on Thanksgiving, I am keenly aware of the efforts, large and small, of those responsible for the comforts I enjoy. I also recognize and honor the people for whom this day brings mourning and pain.
Both are clear reminders that I must never take my blessings for granted.
No matter how you intend to spend the day, I hope you’ll take the time to reflect on your own gratitude supply chain, remembering that every stage has a cadre of humans behind it.