As the temperatures drop, the evenings get darker and we begin to retreat back to the comforts of home, November is the perfect time to set aside some time to reflect on the year thus far.
Over the last week, I’ve been busy reviewing my priorities for the months ahead, recalibrating my goals, and celebrating all the clients I’ve had the pleasure of supporting this year. Taking some time for reflection has made my post-vacation return to the interpreter booth all the more exciting!
Seeing as November is also the season of Thanksgiving, I would like to extend warm holiday wishes all of my US-based and North American clients.
As award-winning author, poet and speaker Diana Raab, PhD, writes on ThriveGlobal, apart from marking the abolition of slavery by President Abraham Lincoln and celebrating the year’s harvest, Thanksgiving “reflects a sense of interconnectedness among people and cultures.” It’s a welcome reminder that although we may differ in our origins, mother tongues and fields of work, language is something that connects us all. I am incredibly proud to have dedicated my life’s work to words, which hold unmatched power to connect people, build bridges and partnerships, and facilitate change.
Although we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Europe, now is as good a time as any to count our blessings, and express gratitude to the people who make our lives sweeter. This year, I’m feeling particularly grateful for the ability to travel overseas again, for the technological advances that enable us to communicate across borders with ease, and, of course, for each and every one of my clients, who make every day spent in the office worthwhile.
Over the coming weeks, I encourage you to compile a list of gratitude’s of your own – and if you’re feeling brave, please reach out to me and let me know what you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving season!