Gratitude for the Chain

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.

Warm regards, 

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