Use the Holiday Season to Say “Thank You” to Family, Friends and Farmers

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As we approach November and the start of the holiday season, I imagine many of us use Thanksgiving as a time to reflect a little more intentionally on all the things we are thankful for in life. Like many of the tried and true sentiments that we are so fond of reciting this time of year, “thankfulness” tends to become cliché due to the fact that it is uttered so frequently. But wouldn’t it be so much more meaningful if we all took the time to not only reflect on the many things that we are thankful for, but also let those around us know how grateful we are for the impact they have on our lives.

We should never neglect the opportunity to verbalize and demonstrate our thanks to the individuals in our lives that encourage us with their love, support, and guidance. Whether it’s parents, teachers, neighbors, or co-workers, let us take the time this holiday season to let these folks know that we are thankful for them and the positive impact they have on us. Don’t underestimate the power of a few kind words of gratitude, and the difference it may make in someone else’s life by letting them know they are appreciated. Although it may sound like a simple gesture, consistently recognizing and giving thanks to others will allow us to better acknowledge all of the wonderful blessings we are so fortunate to have.

As we enter another holiday season filled with many delicious meals, be sure and also say a big “Thank You” to our local farmers for the food and fiber they provide all throughout the year. It is easy to forget how lucky we are to live in such a great country and to enjoy a stable and secure food supply thanks to the hard work of these dedicated farmers and producers!

Bill Stone is the County Extension Director for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Lee County.