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Say “Thank You” to the Overlooked

This week is Thanksgiving and the focus is on gratitude.  We often overlook those who view this weekend as the longest work weekend of the year.  While most of us have a three day work week, many in the retail, travel and restaurant industries don’t get a chance to relax.  One simple way to make this Thanksgiving a memorable one is to focus on saying “thank you” to those you come in contact with as you travel, shop and eat in restaurants.  So here are some ideas that might not immediately come to mind, but can make a big difference:

  • Say “Thank You” to the TSA agent that serves you as you go through the security lines.  Instead of thinking about how crazy the new regulations are, think about how awkward it is for these human beings to follow through on their orders.
  • Say “Thank You” to the retail workers on Friday who had to wake up early and work long hours for demanding customers, instead of relaxing with their family and friends. As a former retail employee, don’t get me started on this one 🙂
  • Say “Thank You” to the grocery store workers who work long hours this week to help customers prepare for a big meal.
  • Say “Thank You” to the restaurant employees who serve you food on Friday or Saturday after you are sick of leftovers and cooking your own food. If you pray before your meal, make sure you tip big and for heaven’s sake, don’t give them a religious tract disguised as a dollar bill.