Thanksgiving: So Many Reasons to Give Thanks

By George Foster, CEO, Foster Marketing 

The month of November is one of my favorites. The weather is fantastic, fall colors abound and the food is phenomenal.

And, as a sports nut, you’ve gotta love it – the start of college basketball overlapping with the big rivalry games in college football and the pros on Thanksgiving Day. This year it’s the Cowboys and Saints. How about that with a big turkey, country ham, Louisiana yams, green bean casserole, cranberries and a nice Beaujolais Nouveau. Not to mention pumpkin pie and my favorite, mince meat.

But more important is that Thanksgiving is a time to pause, reflect and give thanks for the many blessings we have. Recently I received an article by Jack and Marcia Kelly listing several of their favorite mealtime graces among the more than 300 in their collection. I thought I would take a few of them and reflect on our reasons for Thanksgiving.

Thank heaven for this food and for this company. May it be good for us.

– Greek prayer

This year we celebrated our 30th anniversary in business with parties in both Houston and Lafayette. The years have flown past since we opened The Foster Agency in 1980. We’ve had great employees, great clients and great vendor partners. We had events celebrating both our 15th and 25th year anniversaries and invited our clients, former clients and prospects, our vendor partners and even former employees. We are so blessed that this wonderful company could have such a great impact on so many people through the years.

May we be a channel of blessings for all that we meet.

– Edgar Cayce, American spiritualist (1877-1945)

I’m continually reminded that our business is all about relationships. Many firms can develop an ad or a news release, a brochure or a billboard (although we think not as good as us). However, for us, it’s the personal service and the relationship developed that is essential; and, we’ve built tremendous relationships through the years. After 30 years, many of our client and vendor friends have retired, and some have passed away. Although they’re missed physically, they are always in our thoughts. May we be a blessing for all those we meet.

God of Pilgrims, give us always a table to stop at where we can tell our story and sing our song.

– Father John Giuliani (1932- ), Benedictine Grange, West Redding, Conn.

Since we started this online newsletter more than a year ago, it has been a great vehicle for us to share our stories, our successes and, hopefully, beneficial information for all who read it. We enjoy developing them and hope you enjoy receiving and reading them. At one time we thought the art of written communication was dead. Now, with email, Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels the written word has taken on a new life. For us journalists, it’s heaven. And, with YouTube you can even sing a Thanksgiving song (see video message on www.youtube.com).

For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything Thy goodness sends.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson, Unitarian minister, poet and essayist (1803-1882)

This is my favorite grace on the Kellys’ list and it sums up my appreciation for life and liberty, friendship and food and my undying faith. Foster Marketing wishes you and yours a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!