As I post this, it’s Thanksgiving in the US. If you know that tradition, then you know it’s usually associated with big family meals (especially with turkey as the main course) and travel. Well….I’m doing the travel thing this year, but I’m not celebrating the way I usually do, since I’m out of the country.
Still, there are lots of things I’m grateful for this week, and this seems like a good time to mention some of them. Besides my family…..
I Am Grateful For…
That’s right, you. You folks are a constant source of support, inspiration and friendship, and I am grateful for that. This year in particular I’m grateful for you, because of your kind help with my research. If it weren’t for your help, I couldn’t have done the study that brought me to this conference; so really, I’ve brought you with me. Thank you for that, and for being friends with me.
The University of Auckland has done a terrific job of playing hosts to us delegates from all over the world. Friendly, helpful people, lovely surroundings, and generosity about the use of facilities, have made the conference a real success.
These consummate experts at events and conferences have made sure that everything ran smoothly. Questions? Answered. Lost? Found. Timing? Spot on. Delegates? Fully informed about everything. Attitude? Always professional and friendly. Every time. Food? Erm – let’s just say I’m not weighing myself for at least a month after I get back…
The Committee did a fantastic job of inviting interesting plenary speakers, including a wide variety of perspectives, and creating a well-structured conference that allowed for a lot of learning. I’m returning to the US with plenty of new ideas. The committee chose a group of informed and interesting presenters. And they chose me, too.
This is a great computer sales and service company. Picture this: you’re in another country at a conference when your laptop crashes. By crashing, I mean not even a welcome screen. What do you do? I was lucky to find P.B. Technologies. High-quality customer service, fair prices, quick solutions, problem solved. Easy as. My computer still needs some more work, but if it weren’t for the good people at P.B., I’d probably have to buy a new laptop.
Top-notch, friendly, professional service, even when you’re bedraggled, dirty, exhausted and cranky after twenty hours of travel. Terrific online connectivity centre, comfortable, quiet rooms with nice little touches of luxury. The professionals there do more than just their jobs. They make real efforts to ensure that each guest’s needs are met. And they do it without fanfare.
Often enough we’re quick to complain when things don’t go right. I’m guilty myself, at times. But it’s just as important, to me anyway, to say ‘thanks’ when things go very well.
To all my US readers, Happy Thanksgiving! To all of you, wherever you are, whatever you celebrate, my best to you!
*Note: The title of this post is a line from Paul McCartney’s Gratitude.