Open Thread: What Are You Grateful For?

Ah, the holidays are here. Instead of being relaxed and serene, many of us are running around, stressed out about a million things we have to do. We try to buck the trend and try to not focus so much on stuff but rather on people and on the true spirit of the season -- whatever one's beliefs may be. In that spirit, our tally for items bought on Black Friday: $0. On Cyber Monday: $40 for new business cards, on sale at Vistaprint. We think it's time to focus on the essentials, and we'd rather donate to the needy than buy more things, but we digress.

So here's our question for you. We all have a lot to be thankful for, in our private lives and in our professional lives. What are you the most grateful for this holiday season? If you are grateful to have a specific person in you business life, then pick up the phone and tell them -- or send a cute card. 

For us, it's easy. We are grateful for each other. There would be no Twin Translations without both twins. We are lucky that we get to work with our best friend every day.

We'd love to hear from you! Please leave a comment if you'd like. 


10 comments:

Silvia on November 30, 2011 at 1:24 AM said...

I'm mainly grateful for my husband and my two little boys, who give me plenty of satisfaction. I'm grateful to my English teacher, without her I could not become a translator and change my life in the kind of life I love.
Thank you for this post. You're right, we are so busy that we even not have the time to think about things and people that make us happy and grateful for.

I wish you a very merry christmast!
Silvia

Thomas Bosch on November 30, 2011 at 9:04 AM said...

I am grateful for all the wonderful people of the ATA. It would be a much lonelier profession without all of you. It is such a blessing to be able to come together once a year at the ATA-conferences and catch up on the professional and personal developments in our lives.

Thomas Bosch on November 30, 2011 at 9:05 AM said...

I am grateful for all the wonderful people of the ATA. It would be a much lonelier profession without all of you. It is such a blessing to be able to come together once a year at the ATA-conferences and catch up on the professional and personal developments in our lives.

thetranslationgenotype.com on November 30, 2011 at 9:31 AM said...

If I had to think of one thing I'm grateful of, it would be the fact that I truly enjoy translating and I get up everyday happy, knowing that, at least for now, there's nothing else I would rather be doing!!!

Happy Holidays to everyone!

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on November 30, 2011 at 9:43 AM said...

@Silvia: that's a good one! Your English teacher is a perfect choice, and of course family is always wonderful.

@Thomas: we could not agree more. We are extremely grateful for our ATA and UNIVERSITAS friends and colleagues, especially wonderful folks like you. The annual ATA conference is always a highlight for sure! Thanks for commenting.

Dolores on November 30, 2011 at 11:07 AM said...

Hi Judy & Daggy!
Sooo true... it is a blessing to have YOUR blog to comment and remember the very Essentials! Sometimes we can complain, we can discuss different issues, disagree on something, whatever we may have to face in our great profession because the MAIN and MOST IMPORTANT things in our LIVES are present, we have them. And that is all. We have to Choose to be thankful for the problems. For in each problem is a new opportunity to create value and to move life forward.
I have to thank God every single day for my family, my adorable hubby, my little angels and my wonderful international friends!!!I wish you the best!

Dolores on November 30, 2011 at 11:08 AM said...

Hi Judy & Daggy!
Sooo true... it is a blessing to have YOUR blog to comment and remember the very Essentials! Sometimes we can complain, we can discuss different issues, disagree on something, whatever we may have to face in our great profession because the MAIN and MOST IMPORTANT things in our LIVES are present, we have them. And that is all. We have to Choose to be thankful for the problems. For in each problem is a new opportunity to create value and to move life forward.
I have to thank God every single day for my family, my adorable hubby, my little angels and my wonderful international and fantastic friends!!!I wish you the best!

Svetlana Cunningham on December 2, 2011 at 7:21 PM said...

I am very grateful for my upcoming translation assignment, for being a part of ATA and for my translation degree.

Netwire on December 5, 2011 at 10:47 AM said...

We are grateful for our great translators team!

Great post ;)

Slavistix on December 6, 2011 at 5:44 AM said...

I am grateful for the intangible things that surround me and make me a better and happier person.

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