TheNextGoal (formerly known as Team2) will be taking a little breather from the Surviving the Blog contest to enjoy the Thanksgiving holidays with family and friends. Although this is a U.S. holiday, our team is international, and the notion of giving thanks, or expressing gratitude and appreciation for the good things in our lives is something that transcends geographic, national, and cultural boundaries. So as we take a much needed (and, dare I say, deserved?) break from the competitive blogging, we’d like to leave you with a few of our own thoughts on what we’re grateful for, right here and now.
In this season of extra goodwill and gratitude my heart goes out to all the friends and family who have guided me and now my daughters. Today we are celebrating Maleka and Jameela’s 18th and I feel so blessed to see my girls surrounded by their friends and elder aunts/cousins. We have so much to be thankful for which at times is easy to forget in the hustle and bustle of everyday life…so yeah…friends, family, good health, and vitality are what I am grateful for.
For me, I’m thankful for a roof over my head. Amazingly enough I can say that when times get tough, I’ve still had everything I need to live a fairly comfortable life. People complain about the inequality between classes, but I think it’s nice to take a break from that and see all the resources and wealth we do have. Above all I’m grateful for the freedom I have to determine my own path in life. I’m grateful for the health and strength and faith that allows me to work hard and accomplish my goals and dreams without the permission of others. And I’m grateful for family members who support me in those goals.
I’m deeply grateful for my family. I grew up an only child in a small, close-knit family. My parents raised me with strong values, encouraged me to believe that I could be or do anything I wanted, and taught me to appreciate the written word. More than twenty-seven years ago, my husband gave me the “wedding gift” of two brothers and a sister, a second mother and father, and a whole bunch of aunts, uncles, and cousins – something that I have come to appreciate more and more with every passing year.
I don’t deserve my friends, but I am thankful for their never-failing support. They start and end my days with a smile, with their sense of humor, and their encouragement.
My teammates here at TheNextGoal have really demonstrated how effective teamwork can be, and my life is richer for having them in it. We didn’t know each other at all before this contest started, but we hit the ground running. We elected Neeraj as our “leader,” when Kiesha told us to appoint one – but have really functioned as equals and peers, without need of formalized structure. We decided, in Week 1, to meet weekly - face to face, on Google+ Hangouts. We have helped each other out in countless ways; each of us brings different strengths to the table, and each of us can learn from the others. No one has been stingy about sharing the knowledge or lending a helping hand – even this week, when we were competing as individuals, technically against one another. Amazing. The corporate world could learn a lesson or two from TheNextGoal.
I’m thankful for getting placed on a team with four strangers who ended up being fabulous teammates and great bloggers.
I’m thankful that I’m able to get up every morning and do something I really enjoy for a living.
I’m most thankful for my wonderful family and all the support they give me as I try to reach my seemingly never-ending goals!
We all seem to have more things to complain about than appreciate. So even though we don’t celebrate thanksgiving here (in India), am glad there is a day to be thankful and appreciate of all the good we have in our lives. So as I dig deep to think of 3 things that I am really thankful of, this is what I can say:
I am thankful for my parents
who raised me to be me
Taking hardships on the way
So that I could be free.
I am thankful for my experiences
and everyone who cast their shadow
The peaks and troughs all part of plan
Serenaded in the hallow.
But most of all,
I am thankful for myself
For there is no better than me
Little arrogance perhaps, but self-love is free.
I think I can speak for all of us here in saying that we appreciate all we have learned and experienced through participating in this contest. All of you readers who have helped to propel TheNextGoal to such amazing heights in such a short time – many of you won’t understand the significance of an Alexa ranking of 153,295, but to go from choosing a domain name to that in a scant six weeks is pretty amazing in the blogging world. And none of this would have happened without organizer Kiesha Easley, of Weblogbetter, or the sponsors who donated the prizes to make this amazing contest possible, or our competitors at CrimsonSoapbox.com (forrmerly known as Team1): Rob Boirun, Sylviane Nuccio, Ivin Viljoen, Mitchell Allen, and Anthony Smits.
Enjoy this week with your family and friends, and take a few moments to reflect on what’s good and positive in your life. We’ll see you week after next – ready to go head to head on whatever challenges Week 7 brings us!