Thanksgiving is a verb, a word of action. Giving thanks demands that we acknowledge the people and events around us who have made our successes possible. A quick look around gives us many reasons to give thanks and our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made this progress possible. A smile to a stranger, a ‘paying forward’ of a good deed, an acknowledgement of a good deed well received or a forgiving nod recognizing the humanity in all of us are all wonderful ways of giving thanks.
Let me borrow and paraphrase the famous lines from William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice when Portia speaks to Shylock in Act IV, Scene I.
The quality of thanksgiving is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
You have to admit; that guy had a way with words!
Any internet search will bring you all sorts of insights into the ‘meaning of Thanksgiving’ or the history of harvest festivals around the world with each cultures particular ‘spin’ on the observance. For me personally, I have always marveled at the fact, that we as a country, community, society, family, etc. actually set aside a day to enjoy each other and count our manifold blessings.
As I reflect on this Thanksgiving Day, I think back to the many blessings we have encountered this past year. While they are too numerous to list here and now, they must not be ignored.
Each year brings new challenges. This year has certainly been no exception. We have met those challenges and look forward to meeting future ones with strength and honesty towards our mission. We entered this business with the purpose of bringing a better model to the pharmacy staffing world and are continuing to adjust our business model to best serve each specific market requirement. Thank you each and every one for your individual contributions to helping us meet those challenges.
For those of you who have blessed us with your pharmacy business or are contemplating our services, we thank you. For those of you who have represented our company or are awaiting new assignments, we thank you each. Your trust in allowing us to help fill your needs is deeply appreciated. We are honored. I count each and every one of you as part of our blessings to which I am eternally thankful.
In this spirit we say simply and sincerely, thank you and best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.
Thomas Denton, CERS, CPC, CTS
Apex Medical Placements, Inc.
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Happy Thanksgiving! We’re all going to take a break this week to celebrate a holiday unique to America, a day that has become associated with the settlers at Plymouth who celebrated and gave thanks for their safe arrival to the New World. But the holiday did not become official until 1863 when President Lincoln proclaimed that a national day of thanksgiving should be celebrated annually. For me, the date of Lincoln’s proclamation, October 3, 1863, has always spoken to the holiday’s true significance. We were deep in the middle of the bloodiest, most divisive conflict of our history. The Civil War would not be over for another two years and yet Lincoln did not wait until its conclusion to designate a national day of gratitude. Instead he chose to reach down into the death, suffering and despair and seize upon everything that we, as a nation, still had reason to give thanks for. In July of that year 75,000 men of the Confederacy confronted 97,000 Union soldiers in Pennsylvania and fought the battle of Gettysburg. The total number of killed, wounded and missing after the three days of fighting totaled a staggering 50,000. Yet in his proclamation Lincoln said, “The year that is drawing towards its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.”
Likewise may we, amidst all the struggles and disappointments of the present day, never fail to recognize America’s many blessings. There is much to be grateful for. From all of us here at Apex Medical Placements, have a warm, wonderful Thanksgiving!
Cynthia von Hendricks, Administrative Assistant
Apex Medical Placements, Inc.