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Is Gratitude Enough this Thanksgiving? Pursuit of the possible…..

By Sam Rosen

As we enter the Thanksgiving holiday, I’ve been reflecting on gratitude–and wanted to share a few thoughts with you. You may or may not agree, but I at least wanted to get the conversation started. 

Gratitude, it is said, is the greatest gift. That’s a hard sentiment to argue with: we could all use a little (or a lot) more gratitude in our daily living.

But I wonder if, in our increasingly complex, evolving, hyperconnected world, gratitude is enough.

Don’t get me wrong: giving thanks for what we have, for the countless sacrifices our ancestors made to forge the world we live in today, even for the fact of life itself, is meaningful, profound, uplifting. 

But personally, on this Thanksgiving, in November 2011, I find myself more compelled to think about what future I and we can, want, and need to create–what unimaginably better world we can envision–more than simply expressing thanks for what’s happened in the past and up until this moment. 

Precisely  because  our world is so much more connected than any other time in history, we now have the capacity, wherewithal, and, perhaps, urgent need to align our actions, strategies, and messages with the wide-open future we see is possible in our best moments. 

It doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. Profoundly inspiring campaigns, deeper emotional connections with customers, revolutionary innovation at the leading edge of change: this is the stuff of profitable, legendary companies.

You may have a stringent compliance environment. You may have reputation issues. You may have near-insurmountable cultural, technological, or marketplace barriers. 

Why let any of that stop you? You don’t have to. (I know. I have proof. More on that another time.) 

If you’re someone who feels a burning, almost unstoppable impulse to create the new, to innovate: then let’s use this holiday to contemplate what we’ll do next, how we can align everybody’s interests in the pursuit of the possible, how we can transcend seemingly impossible constraints and envision outcomes that include the best and highest of what all of our stakeholders want most deeply. 

Not as a “blue sky,” cool, great idea that you’d love to do “someday maybe.” As a planned path forward–a strategy–an intelligent, rational, justifiable, business-case-driven, detailed roadmap, one that shows people the steps from here to there.  

See, I believe that idealism doesn’t have to be naive. In fact, I know it doesn’t. And for that, I’m endlessly grateful.  

May you have a wonderfully Blessed Thanksgiving.  

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