Years ago, thankfulness was a great part of our culture. We taught children to say thank you. We would do nice things for our neighbors just out of the kindness of our hearts. It also was customary to send a thank you note or gift to someone who has gone out of their way to help us out. In today’s fast paced lifestyle, those niceties tend to be forgotten, especially in our dealings with co-workers and customers.

So, we as members of the business community should ask ourselves: What vendors have been integral to your success this year? Which of your customers have sent referrals your way this year? Which of your clients have you especially enjoyed working with and which of your employees have made those clients especially happy over the past 12 months? What are you doing to show how much you appreciate all of the people that make our businesses great.

During the course of the year we can get caught up in financial statements, cost benefit analyses, revenue projections, operations plans, and lose site of the people that are integral to everything we do. Let us spend some time this season not just reflecting on the friends and family that bless our lives personally but also for all of our co-workers, employees, vendors and clients that make all of this possible.

Remember the people this Thanksgiving. Keep that box of logoed coffee mugs for the trade show and consider giving personalized thank you gifts this year. Something that will be enjoyed not just put in a drawer somewhere. Once a year, let the efficiency take a bit of a back seat and celebrate people.

The entire Red Clay team would like to tell you all thanks from the bottom of our hearts for giving us all jobs that we love, and allowing us to be a part of your lives and businesses. We couldn’t do it without you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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