Thanksgiving

By Mike Ziman, CEO

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Each day I try to be mindful of those things in my life that I have to be thankful for. I take the time during my daily meditations to consider the wonders of this experience. How fortunate I am to have the responsibilities and the awareness to serve them, to focus on the positive things and the challenges known and as of yet unknown that lay ahead.
 
Each year as we approach Thanksgiving it occurs to me that no matter how often I expressed and showed my appreciation to you, it is not enough and here is why: I know you can work at other companies and do a variety of other things but you have chosen to be here. I am flattered and honored that you have made that choice.

Additionally, I am committed to getting successful and important results through our work and actions every day because we truly make the world a better place for all of the individuals that we help. Our clients have missions that benefit millions of people each day. The impacts we make are nothing shy of lifesaving for many of them. In almost all cases these children, women and men will never know us nor will we know them. I am content to know that they live better because of our work.


I know we can improve upon the existing benefit environment and that is what we do each time we pick up a phone, write a line of code, install new equipment and software, present new ideas, lead a project, conduct research, participate in an interview, test a system, assess security, take meeting minutes, seek and find people with specialized skills, train ourselves and others, support one another when challenges seem overwhelming and recognize when one of us has accomplished something and made a positive impact on the world. 
 
Author Joshua J. Marine says, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
 
The people in the world around us both near and far, may have agendas that keep them from realizing or outwardly recognizing the good that we do. It is sometimes provoking and distracting to witness the behavior and words of some folks.

There is an ancient Chinese curse that goes, “May you live in interesting times.” We certainly seem to be doing just that. This makes me all the more thankful that through it all you push on and do these amazing things. My respect for you is immense.
 
This short note is to wish you a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving and to say, “Thank You!”