Most Everything You
Learned About Thanksgiving is Wrong,
according to a report by the same name
in today’s edition of The New York Times
(11.21.17). The article featured a historian’s view that the nation’s
celebration of Thanksgiving as a day of gratitude and friendship between Native
Americans and English settlers in 1623 is based on misinformation.
The reporter noted that the truth of how Pilgrims and Native
Americans ended up feasting together is probably unknown. The imperfection of
oral tradition and alleged embellishments over the years fuel the controversy. In
fact, Thanksgiving wasn’t even official until President Abraham Lincoln
declared a national day of gratitude in appreciation for Civil War victories in
1863, rather than an unusual social experience and shared harvest between cultural
Does it really matter when or how Thanksgiving began? We believe the spirit of
Thanksgiving and the acts we do today are what count most. We believe sharing a
meal brings people closer together, and cultivating gratitude leads to the happiness
and fulfillment so important in life and work.
There’s no need to debunk Thanksgiving.
The world is better for its spirit. Findings of a 2007 study by Robert Emmons, who researched gratitude
through a psychological lens, found that expressing gratitude improves mental,
physical and relational well-being. Emmons concludes
gratitude has the power to heal, energize and change lives. It impacts the experience of happiness, and the benefits of gratitude are long-lasting. Giving
thanks is healthy!
At Elite Technical, Thanksgiving Day reminds us of the
blessings we’ve enjoyed in shared partnership with our team, our contractors,
our clients, and our community. Thanksgiving Day is one more opportunity to say
“Thank You” to the many people who give meaning to the work we do each day. We
thank you all.
As business leaders, we appreciate the way Ayn Rand characterized
our Thanksgiving tradition. This Russian-American
novelist born and educated in the USSR before immigrating to the U.S. in 1926, said: “Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday. The lavish
meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward
of production,” said Rand, who authored The
(1943) and Atlas
(1957), among other literary works.
Elite Technical’s talent recruiting team worked productively in 2017 to ensure excellent placements for the skilled IT and Engineering
experts we represent, as well as the companies we supply. Our team is still at it, and we are grateful for their success. As
we prepare for Thanksgiving travels, bountiful meals, and moments with family, we
appreciate the spirit of people who strive each day to serve the needs of
others and, in doing so, enjoy the rewards of their hard work and generous
spirit. It is both deserved and appreciated.
May you also enjoy a blessedly productive life of abundance
with many reasons for Thanksgiving, today, tomorrow and always.