It’s that time of year, the time to give thanks. Your Facebook news feed may be full of friends posting daily “today I am thankful for…” statements; it’s turned into an annual tradition for a lot of people. But why do we wait until November every year to really think about the things we are grateful for? For most of us, we are truly thankful most of the time for our family, friends, health, the air we breathe, etc. right?
I considered doing the posts this year, but talked myself out of it. Why you ask? Because I want to make an effort all year to truly be grateful for all the blessings in my life. That means more than just making something up on a daily basis and asking for forgiveness if I happen to miss a day. (I promise no one cares about your posts that much) Beyond the obvious things that I am thankful for, I think I am most appreciative of the technology that we have – and that it will only get better as we continue to innovate each and every day. Think for a minute about how we communicated back in the 80s. We used pay phones, party lines and fought with our siblings over who gets to use the home phone. Unless you saw someone at church, a slumber party or the skating rink over the summer you wouldn’t know if they got a new shirt or haircut until everyone gathered back at school in the fall. Today, we have MCM (man crush Monday), WCW (the Wednesday woman crush), TBT (Throwback Thursdays) and the selfie (which I just heard today has made the dictionary and is the word of the year). We have connected with friends from our past and even go as far as dating and marrying people that we meet online! Yes, times have changed socially. But it has also impacted the way we do business. We have the ability to work better, faster and more efficiently with technology, spreading our reach globally. I am amazed every Wednesday when I am on a Skype call with our UK office. It’s like he is right here with us instead of across the ocean. Think about how businesses use social media on a daily basis to not only sell products, but to just be a voice. Voices change the world. I am thankful I have been around see it come this far.
So much has changed both socially and economically over the past decade. Are you up to speed? Are you doing what you can to ensure that your business processes are taking advantage of the technology available to run as efficient as possible? If not, you should. We are here to help, just give us a call.
You will be thankful you did.