I don’t know if you are like me, but I am always curious about where certain customs or traditions start. Like many, I had been taught that Thanksgiving celebration started at the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth Colony in 1621. But there is more to the story …
The word ‘harvest’ comes from the Old English word hærfest meaning ‘autumn’, aptly the season for gathering the food of the land. Harvest celebrations have been observed in different ways for as long as there have been people planting food. It was a vital time of year, when success was a genuine matter of life or death.
Many people today may not be thinking about “the harvest” during Thanksgiving. Life has changed a bit. But if we can take our minds back to those early times in history, it can bring an important perspective. Many of us don’t need to worry about the crop. What does remain, however, are two key ideas: bringing people together and being grateful.
We hope that each one of you reading this has the opportunity to be a part of a celebration with people that are important to you and can take the time to reflect on the “good things”. While not every day is a celebration, we have so much to be grateful for in our lives if we stop to think about it.
We, at Wind River, are grateful for all of you. The work we get to do brings us a harvest of satisfaction. It is our hope that you being part of the Wind River family makes your life simpler. We are truly grateful for you business and the opportunity to serve you.
So, to all of you, we want to wish a Happy Hærfest!
For those that follow history, the official Thanksgiving holiday was established back in 1863, under the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln and it was first observed on November 26, 1863.
It is interesting to reflect back on what was taking place back at that time. In 1863, we see a country that was struggling with division and in the midst of change. Fast-forward 153 years to 2016, and we see in certain ways history does repeat itself.
It seems that labeling people and groups has become our path to division in this day and age. It has become rare to hear someone identify themselves simply as an “American” in this country, yet for those that live here – that is who we are. So many have paid a large price to provide us with the opportunity to “be Americans”. It is time for us to unite again.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, I hope we all have time to get together with family and friends. We truly have so very much in which to be thankful. We live in a free country that has provided so many the opportunities to pursue a life that adds value, meaning, and happiness.
To all of you that have been and continue to be our customers, we want to say a special “thank you” for allowing us to serve you. Wind River has been a strong, family owned business for 16 years because you have placed your trust in us. We do not take this trust lightly. It is our goal to provide the essence of our After the Handshake promise each and every day.
With thanksgiving, we look forward to the future and continuing to grow together.
At this time of Thanksgiving, we take pause to reflect upon and count our blessings. This natural occurrence, more often than not, results in a smile on our face and warm feelings of gratitude inside.
We are all fortunate to live in the freedom of this great country and relish the opportunity for achievement. At Wind River Financial, we are fascinated to see how opportunity has flourished for many of our clients, and we are privileged to be a part of many wonderful success stories. The friendship and confidence you have shown in us is an honor and something we do not take for granted.
In 2015, we will be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the founding of Wind River. As we approach that milestone, we come to realize just how fortunate we have been over the many years. Today we work with almost 3,000 businesses across the country, from small auto repair shops and family owned stores, to regional insurance companies and multi-location health establishments. For all of our Clients big and small, we are deeply thankful. Every day you bring a smile to our face and make us realize just how fortunate we are.
As the holiday season begins, we offer our best wishes to you for a Happy Thanksgiving!
President & CEO, Wind River Financial