Last weekend my agency had our largest fundraiser of the year, a gala. It was my first time attending a function of this nature. We all dressed up and my agency spent months planning down to every last detail. We had preparation meetings and learned the proper way to greet people and sell raffle cards. And in all the details, I never thought much about what the point of the gala was: to give people a glimpse of the work we do and offer them a chance to be a part of it.

I work for a nonprofit organization that changes peoples’ lives. And as I watched the videos we prepared, and listened to the stories and met people impacted by our program, I realized how grateful I am to work there. I’m so grateful that I was chosen to be a part of the impact we’re having on the community, on peoples’ futures.

No matter what you do, your work has purpose. Think about your mission statement. If you aren’t grateful for the chance to do the work you do, I suggest something changes.  Maybe you are grateful for your work environment, for your coworkers or for the work you do.  Do your coworkers know that? Do the people that have impacted you realize that they’ve done so?

Don’t forget how important it is to both experience and express gratitude. After all, isn’t that the point of Thanksgiving?