Thanksgiving is More Than a Holiday


Thanksgiving is not just a holiday, it is also a deep expression of gratitude. A gratitude that stems from a recognition that something positive has taken place in our lives. A gift from a friend, a smile offered from a stranger or even something as simple as a “hello” can result in thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is very personal and we all express it in many ways.

As I reflect on the past six months, I have an overwhelming feeling of thanksgiving. After months of planning, The Giving Net came into the world in May of this year. This short journey has been well worth the first step and I am truly thankful for the lessons that I have learned along the way.

In no particular order, these are reasons for me to express thanksgiving for this journey with The Giving Net.

  1. I express thanksgiving because I’ve learned each day to not be driven by money, but by service to others. I have ¬†gazillion dollars in student loan debt, but I understand more and more each day that my service supersedes my debt, so I continue to work for a cause and not a paycheck.

  2. I express thanksgiving for all of the people I have met who have inspired and empowered me through their stories of service. The guest on the radio show, people I’ve met in my community and others I met who serve others in numerous ways have been open with me about their service, their challenges and their reasons for public service. I am very much thankful for each person I’ve encountered along this journey.

  3. I express thanksgiving for all of the support and constructive feedback I’ve received. Other nonprofit leaders, my family and my friends have offered great words of advice and support along this journey. Also, the awesome team members at The Giving Net give and support this cause wholeheartedly, and for this I am thankful.

  4. I express thanksgiving for the people from all over the world who stop by The Giving Net’s blog to read posts. Your support gives us motivation to continue sharing.

  5. I express thanksgiving for all of the mistakes and successes I have made on this journey. I can’t count how many times I’ve messed up in the past six months, but I am thankful for every goof-up. I am also thankful for the success we’ve had in a short amount of time.

  6. I express thanksgiving because you read this post!

By Andrea Price @a_price1