The concept of giving thanks resonates world-wide, and throughout almost every level of society. In the United States, November is known for Thanksgiving celebrations. In other parts of the world, Thanksgiving celebrations are equally important, no matter when they are celebrated, but interestingly enough, most thanksgivings are celebrated after the traditional harvest time.
The link to the harvest is an important one and draws our attention to everything of which we have to be thankful. But it also challenges us to look back and evaluate the year that has past. So in order to be thankful, we typically need to evaluate.
Take a lesson from Sam Cooke and his lyrics for the song Accentuate the Positive. Think about your campus and what went right this year? What improvements were made? What lessons were learned? What did students enjoy most? Where did they congregate? What did they celebrate?
In harvest time, we reap. Let us all pause and be thankful for the year that past, working in the realm of higher education.