There’s something about the holiday season that makes people particularly reflective. It’s hard to put a finger on it, but life seems a little sweeter when viewed through the pumpkin-spice-colored lenses of Thanksgivings past. It’s the perfect pause at the end of the year, where you worry less about where you’re going, and give thanks for where you’ve been.
I have a lot to be thankful for. I am thankful for an amazing, supportive wife, five healthy children, and the God-provided realization that all of life is just a bunch of different stages. He has a purpose and an enjoyment for us in each one. Thanksgiving is the perfect reminder that it should be our goal to continually seek His will for each of those stages.
I’m also thankful that, in spite of the chaos in our country right now, voters on the left, right, and in the center are waking up to the great weight of their civic responsibility.
Because we like to keep things festive at Cygnal, we took some time during our weekly staff meeting to allow everyone on our team an opportunity to share some of the things they’re thankful for, both personally and politically. Here are some of their responses about personal and political thankfulness.
Brett Cowden, VP Client Strategy: I am thankful for a wife who never loses patience with me, three daughters who never cease to amaze me, a work family that has fun while achieving great things, and a God who is sovereign over it all.
I am also thankful that out of chaos springs a great need for data to try and figure out what the heck is going on.
Matt Hubbard, VP Research & Analytics: I’m thankful for a loving family, supportive friends, and another year of personal and professional growth.
I’m also thankful that regardless of partisan politics, it’s encouraging to see an increasing number of voters representing all walks of life playing an active role in our Republic’s political process.
Chris Kratzer, VP Communications & Public Affairs: I’m thankful for my uncommonly gracious wife, the healthy birth of our third child, and for the surgical procedure that ensures that we won’t be having any more.
I’m also grateful for words, and the need for people to wield them to share ideas, especially in politics.
Paulo Fuentes, Data Analyst: I am thankful for a wonderful and strong family who have been able to overcome the loss of a loved one and for an extraordinary girlfriend that faces life’s challenges along with me.
I am also thankful to have the chance to contribute in political research and learning about US political insights and history.
Kay Aguilar, Executive Assistant: I’m thankful for having love in my life; a healthy, beautiful family; friends that make me feel very loved; and for working with my fun, talented, and kind brothers here at Cygnal.
Tanner Ragland, Client Strategy Coordinator: I am thankful for graduating college (finally) and to be working at a wonderful place to get my career started, a loving God who continuously blesses us through life’s ups and downs, and friends and family who are a constant source of encouragement and guidance.
I’m also grateful to see more people my age becoming more socially aware and becoming more involved in the political process.
We have a lot to be thankful for at Cygnal, but most of all we’re thankful for you, our clients and friends. The ones who give us the opportunity to do work that we love with people who are a joy to work with. Without you, a lot of the things we’re grateful for wouldn’t exist.
So from our Cygnal family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!