A time to be thankful! It’s more than an organization… it’s community!

It’s Thanksgiving week which is always a great time to reflect. It’s hard to believe we are just a few weeks away from the year 2020, the start of a new decade! What are you thankful for this year, or even this decade?

In his first Thanksgiving proclamation, President Ronald Reagan wrote:

“America has much for which to be thankful. The unequaled freedom enjoyed by our citizens has provided a harvest of plenty to this Nation throughout its history. In keeping with America’s heritage, one day each year is set aside for giving thanks to God for all of His blessings. . . .

“As we celebrate Thanksgiving . . . we should reflect on the full meaning of this day as we enjoy the fellowship that is so much a part of the holiday festivities. Searching our hearts, we should ask what we can do as individuals to demonstrate our gratitude to God for all He has done. Such reflection can only add to the significance of this precious day of remembrance.

“Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people.

In spite of the personal and national challenges we face today, I believe all of us can be thankful to be Americans. We are the descendants of the patriots who declared that “All men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” (By Gary L Bauer)

As I reflect on these words, I think about the many communities I have the opportunity to be part of. Each one is mission driven and has helped shape me as a business leader and as a person to be my very best.

Today, I am thankful for the freedom to be part of so many amazing communities including:

Armstrong Relocation… United Van Lines largest agent in the US that took a chance on me back in 2004… I am so thankful for our entire enterprise of positive passionate team members from move coordination to our amazing van operators and moving crews that work together to drive a mission for our customers – building trust, reducing stress, and delivering reliability around the world! It’s because of these great men and women that I am able to develop partnerships with great customers all over the US – who have all become great friends. Thank you, Armstrong!

DallasHR – The 3rd largest SHRM chapter in US that allowed me to serve as president in 2012 and continue to serve on the board of trustees since. It’s because of you that I have been able to develop a network of people and resources to help others in the HR community. It’s because of you that I have grown as a business leader, earned my certification and have a voice to help advance the value for HR all over the DFW community. Thank you, DallasHR!

Texas SHRM – One of the largest state councils in the US that gave me the opportunity to serve as a District Director in 2019 in the great state of Texas. Because of the Texas SHRM community, I have a voice for all things work in the state of Texas and an opportunity to drive the mission to connect and support SHRM chapter leaders to elevate the HR profession through education, advocacy, and leadership development… and help make a better workplace for a better world. The best part is this volunteer leader role has also allowed me to meet so many other volunteers from across the US – who have become friends for life! Thank you, Texas SHRM!

North Texas Relocation Professionals (NTRP)…  A regional chapter in North Texas for WorldwideERC that gave me the chance to serve as President in 2011 and continue to serve the mobility industry in North Texas. In 2014, I was honored to receive the Saul Gresky Relocation Professional of the year, and today get the opportunity to be a part of the programs team to help drive mobility with purpose in North Texas! Thank you, NTRP!

There are so many other communities that have also played major roles as a community including Talentnet, DFWSMA, OKHR, Company Culture Consortium, SHRM, WorldwideERC, CLIMB, Global Company Culture Association, Book Clubs Find Your Lane / Milemarkers, Podcast groups, and more…

It’s more than an organization when you get involved and “find your lane”…It’s community, a connection, and a calling! …and gives us a sense of belonging to be part of something bigger in our career to help develop something bigger for our future. Today, I am thankful for all of these organizations for giving me incredible opportunities and more – but most importantly I am thankful for the friendships and our freedom to continue driving the mission for our next generation. I can’t wait to see what the next decade has in store for us… the mission, the community, and the friends!

What communities are you thankful for?

Today, I want to encourage you to add a community to your goals for 2020… You will also experience that it’s more than a career when you have community!

Happy Thanksgiving to each of your families… Today, I am thankful for you!

Quote of the week: “Miles to go before I sleep.” Robert Frost

Call to Action: Connect with others in your network to help you identify a community to be part of in 2020, then make a commitment to be part of the group. You’ll one day look back and be thankful too! Feel free to share. I would enjoy hearing from you.

This has been A Relocation Minute on “Thankful! It’s more than an organization” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page. Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com to review my leadership book “Find Your Lane” and my 5-year Leadership Journal “Milemarkers” available on amazon.

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