Should I give thanks for this?

I know that with downsizing, reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions, and a very uncertain political landscape it may appear to be a bleak holiday season.  In a recent seminar, a lady shared that she had been on the receiving end of a “cost containment exercise.”  Another related that she had been given the “grace of interruption” in her work life.  Last week I shared about a guy that got an unexpected FedEx package with his “exit papers.”  Whoa! – great sounding terms for unwelcome change.


This is a great time to be anticipating the beginning of a new year.  In 1937, Napoleon Hill wrote this in the original edition of “Think and Grow Rich:”  “The 1929 ‘depression’ was a blessing in disguise.  It reduced the whole world to a new starting point that gives every one a new opportunity.” 

Now I doubt that people going through the depression saw it a blessing.  But it did give rise to thousands of new ventures and fresh vocational direction for many people. 

This is a great week to give thanks for things, people, and events in your life.  Recognize the wealth you have in relationships, health, beautiful surroundings, and spiritual hope.  And no matter what is happening in your job right now – approach the New Year as a new beginning. Maybe now is your time to simply give thanks for a new opportunity.

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  • PaulVandermill

    Happy Thanksgiving to Dan and the 48Days Team,

    Sometimes when the smoke begins to clear following a sudden or unwelcome change, we are newly able to examine aspects of our values and way of thinking. Although not easy, this may lead to fresh and much healthier perspective. Perhaps a shift from a micro to a macro view of life as we learn what is really important such as relationships, family, friends and the blessings we do have!

  • Anja Skrba

    Giving thanks for new opportunities is always a good thing to do! So I’m thankful for you Dan for reminding us to do so.

    Have a lovely day with your family 😀

  • Cliff Feightner

    You may be of the gals and guys
    That your company may downsize
    Your hopes may be vapors
    As you’re handed your papers
    But it’s a blessing in disguise

    Dan, I was one of those people. I was let go from my job of 17 years on December 31, 2009. At the age of 54, I was thrust into the ranks of the unemployed. I was told at one place where I took my resume that the white stuff on top of my head would prevent me from getting a job. On October 11, 2010, after a 288 day New Years Day weekend, I started at my current job. I am now a member of my company’s hall of fame, and it has given me time to work on creative pursuits. And if I need to, I can work past retirement age at this job.

  • Wonderful content and perspective as always Dan. I am going through an exciting change in my business as well and feel revived and alive as a result.
    Business, career, or occupational changes are a part of life and the growing process. It is up to us to decide how to handle them. I’m preaching to myself because I am still learning also.
    There are blessings waiting for us with every turn of the road. While I have for years tried in vain to turn my podcast into a revenue generator (hardly any success) the blessings that came out of it are the wonderful relationships and friendships I’ve made as a result. Moving forward, I now know and am friends with many of the movers and shakers in the speaking, book, acting, and performing world; which will help me quickly rise the ranks in the speaking world.
    I am keeping my podcast as a weekly show and continuing to use it to be one of my main networking tools. Since that’s how it’s helped me the most.
    You and Joanne have always been dear friends and a true support system for us.
    God bless you and happy holidays.