I know it was yesterday, but for my friends in the US, yesterday is today.
We’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving with friends a little later this year. Being in Australia, the Thanksgiving I grew up with was less about family (Christmas is family time here) and more about bringing together friends.
My wife and I try to keep that tradition going by inviting 2-3 couples/families over who don’t know each other. I’m looking forward to trying out Seth Godin’s Thanksgiving reader this year as a way to deepen conversation and help people get to know one another.
This year I’m incredibly grateful for slowing down. A forced routine and limited connection with others at times meant more time with my wife and daughter. It was boring at times. But at my best, I tried to embrace the boredom and look for the subtle changes. After all, a 2 year old does a good job at keeping you on your toes.
I’m also grateful for my circle of male friends. Many of whom I’ve know since I was a small child. I sprung on them an experiment to get to know each other better using Marco Polo, and despite being apart we’ve grown closer and more connected.
The other person I’m grateful for is Theresa Prior. Theresa completed a coaching mastermind I ran last year and I really admired her ability to learn new skills and keep things organised. She started doing some work for me at the end of last year which was just enough time for her to get the lay of the land before the pandemic hit. Like many businesses, we had to pivot quickly and Theresa was instrumental in that speed and helping our community feel cared for and supported. Thank you T!