A Different Kind of Thanksgiving

This year is, to say the least, unusual. I guess Thanksgiving won’t make an exception, at least for some. No traveling, no big preparations, no cooking, no big feast with family and/or friends.

It is for sure not the way I like to envision Thanksgiving.

My family’s Thanksgivings were always a little different. We moved from Germany to the U.S. some 20 years ago, meaning we don’t have any family on this side of the pond. Our Thanksgivings were always a gathering of German expatriates who, otherwise, would have spent that day alone.

I remember years in which our table barely had room for all the people. Everyone brought a typical dish from their region to share. Germany may be small compared to the U.S., but it has a lot of different regions each with its own delicious specialties. It was not uncommon that we had to make space for all the bowls, platters, and casseroles to fit on the table or at least within reach. After we were done eating, two or three hours later, we often played games. I still remember one game of Charades during which we laughed with tears streaming down our cheeks, trying to figure out the word woods.

This is what Thanksgiving is about. Seeing family or friends, celebrating with lots of good food and having a great time.

Sorry, that I have to drag you back to reality.

This year will be different for many. I, for one, and a lot of my friends decided to keep it small this year, to stay home and forgo big gatherings, big preparations, and big feasts.

Why don’t we use this year’s Thanksgiving and take a break, stop for a moment, and do something that, under normal circumstances, we wouldn’t be able to do? Take extra care of ourselves and recharge our batteries. Sleep an hour longer, read that book we have wanted to read for so long, go for a walk, listen to music, play with our kids, whatever helps you feel more energized, relaxed and, hopefully, a little bit more patient for the last couple of weeks of this year?

I wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and blessed Thanksgiving.

We’re Moving….

Cat Simba in moving box

….and that’s why I’m taking a break. I’ll see you again in 3 weeks. In the meantime, why don’t you have a look at the previous six principles and pick the one that’s most important for your company. If you need a quick refresher, here they are:

Introduction to the book
Principle 1 – Simple Clarity
Principle 2 – Tilt the Odds
Principle 3 – Function that Resonates
Principle 4 – Engage the Eye
Principle 5 – Total Customer Experience
Principle 6 – That’s Interesting. Tell Me More.

I’ll continue with Principle 7 in this series on July 29th.

Until then,

Narrative Coaching-90 Minute FREE Immersion Session

Hi again,

Writing my own blog after so many people do this already feels a bit daunting. I guess every blogger struggles with these thoughts and the only way to get over it is… to do it. So let’s get this party started.

My hope for this blog is that you will find some great tips, inspiring thoughts, encouragement, or affirmation in it. Writing about entrepreneurship or business related topics is for sure no rarity, but maybe I find the right words that will resonate with you and help you along your way, or I mention a book that tickles your interest and helps you find the solution to a problem, or you read about something you had forgotten and realize that it is exactly what you need to do.

I won’t pop up too frequently. I will limit my writing to topics that I feel passionate about. Instead of telling only my friends, I will share it here. And that is the reason for today’s blog. I learned about an event that I imagine will peak the interest of you.

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