I've been sitting at my computer this morning trying to come up with a message that was somehow different from what everybody else might write about on Thanksgiving. After a few minutes of just staring into space, I've decided there's no way to be original.
I want to wish all of you, regardless of whether you're an American or not, a Happy Thanksgiving. The holiday in so many homes is steeped in a tradition of recipes along with family and friends gathered in a day of appreciation, but there is one thing that's changed for me over the years.
As I've gotten older, I've become more appreciative of so many different things in my life. Today is a day when I give thanks for an incredible circle of amazing friends, my health, Sheila coming into my life and family who's weathered a few storms together.
On the business side, I'm also thankful. We're an industry filled with some pretty remarkable vendors. They don't just manufacture products but support the photographers who use them. Then, there are all of you, my readers. It's thanks to your feedback and support I wake up every morning smiling and charged up for the new day ahead.
A few years ago I got a phone call from a completely unknown photographer who started out the conversation with, "You don't know me. I'm just a little guy, but..." Well, the beauty of this industry is all about you "little guys" out there. I'm thankful for your support because you're the heart and soul of the passion that drives imaging.
So to all of my readers and friends in the industry along with the people who help make our life special: I wish you a day of peace, and a day with some of those people most important in your life. Last but not least, I hope you have a moment or two when your list of things to be thankful for is so long you're almost embarrassed to share it!