Reasons to be thankful!
In America, there is a lovely tradition at Thanksgiving where everyone gathered around the table for thanksgiving dinner tell of one thing that they have to be thankful for during the past year. Here in Ireland, we don’t tend to sit around the turkey at Christmas espousing our reasons to be grateful, and we’d probably be embarrassed to voice an opinion if we were asked.
On the other hand, there is still the strong a tradition of people peppering their conversation with a ‘Thank God’, regardless of whether the person is religious or not. And I love the fact that every morning on the 46A people – both young and old – say ‘thanks’ to driver as they hop off the bus!
2011 was another tough year and there is no doubt that 2012 will bring more of the same. Which is why, given the unrelenting tide of negativity in our national and international news media, it is important that we remind ourselves that despite everything we still have much to be grateful for.
First and foremost we should be thankful for the indomitable spirit and generosity of the Irish people. Despite the economic horrors of the past three years, there is a renewal of community spirit which was perhaps weakened during the boom times. Most of us don’t have to look too far for examples of this generosity. Last Sunday, in my own parish of Kilmacud over €65,000 was donated to the annual St. Vincent de Paul collection. That was a phenomenal amount by any standard.
On a personal level, those of us in employment recognise how fortunate we are to have a job and are grateful for that. In my own case I am thankful that, after 25 years in PR, I still get a kick out of seeing a client photograph or press release land in the media. The day I lose that is the day I retire!
Here in MKC we had many happy occasions during 2011 including a birth (baby Cullen born to Petrina), two engagements (Fiona to Nico and Petrina to Mark) and a wedding (Michelle to Luke). Stephen O’Byrnes completed his umpteenth marathon while the Dubs amongst us had a very happy Sunday in September! Each of these occasions served to remind us that despite all the shenanigans on the world economic stage, at the end of the day we each continue to live our lives and have much to be grateful for.
As a Corkman said to me, the light at the end of the tunnel might just be a candle at the minute, but it is still a light, however weak!
And now, in good Oscar ceremony tradition, I would like to end the year with a sincere thank you to the following:
- My colleagues in MKC for their unremitting professionalism and determination to provide a 110% service to our clients and for agreeing that I am always right, even when I am clearly wrong!
- Our clients, some of whom have been working with us since 1995. We never take you for granted and we are grateful to you for your business and the support you give us throughout the year.
- To the many great companies we work with – photographers, designers, printers, prop makers, and so on. You help us to meet impossible deadlines and we thank you for your willingness to go the extra mile so we can deliver for our clients.
- To our colleagues in the media – sometimes we hate it when you ring us with impossible deadlines, but mostly we appreciate the professional relationship we enjoy with you and hope you forgive us when sometimes we are obliged to phone and ask ‘did you get the press release?’
To all of you, and to you the reader of this blog post, we wish you a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.