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An Experiment in Thanks-Giving 2013

This week ushers in the official Holiday Season, as far as I’m concerned. I know that if you were like I was this year, I was astonished to find that the local Walgreen’s began filling its shelves with Christmas merchandise around Halloween! Talk about confusing!

Thanksgiving is a Holiday that is often sandwiched between these two most commercially successful celebrations. Bummer!

All this month, I’ve seen folks daily post things for which they were thankful and I’ve enjoyed reading those posts. Reading posts from friends gave me an idea to try a little “Experiment in Thanks-Giving!”

We all have people in our lives that play roles often overlooked or minimized in their importance to our well-being or ability to carry out our routines.

I wonder what might happen if we were to sit down today and make a list of people outside the circle of family – a list that included those whose lives touch ours each day – whose influence and contributions to our lives often go unnoticed or overlooked? Who might appear on such a list? Close friends – certainly! Co-workers or clients? Those who coach or teach our children? The school counselor? The principal? Our family physician? The person who knows our name at the drugstore or local Starbucks? Our dry cleaner? The guy who routinely changes our oil? Do you get my drift? There could literally be hundreds of people who might comprise such a list!

Once your list is complete take a little time between now and the end of Thanksgiving weekend to shoot them an email or text or tweet or personal FB message – maybe even a phone call – just to say “Thanks” for their presence in your life. I don’t know about you but this would blow me away!

I’m gonna do it! Won’t you join me in this “Experiment if Thanks-Giving?”


If you like what you read I invite you to visit my Amazon Author Page to find out more about my books, Awaken to Good Mourning, Simply the Best and Fear? Not! Thanks so much for dropping by today!

Mark Hundley M.Ed.,LPC-S

Mark Hundley M.Ed.,LPC-S

Mark Hundley has worked with children, youth and families since 1971 – devoting 13 years to youth and family ministry; another 10 years to service in public education as a teacher and high school counselor; and the remaining time as a therapist, consultant, speaker and writer.

He earned his B.A. in Sociology from Hardin-Simmons University; his Master’s in Counseling from the University of North Texas; and has pursued doctoral studies in Educational Administration.

Mark is a Life Transition Specialist with a specific expertise in the field of grief. He works with individuals, families and corporate bodies to create and implement strategies for powerful living despite obstacles faced.

He is the author of Awaken to Good Mourning – a personal guide through the journey of grief – available in both print and audio versions. He is a co-founder of the Journey of Hope Grief Support Center in Plano, TX, a non-profit agency that provides free group grief support to children, adolescents and their parents or adult caregivers as they learn to mourn the death or impending death of a loved one.

Mark limits his practice to evening and Saturday appointments; supervision for Licensed Professional Counselor Interns; online counseling; coaching, consulting, speaking and training.

For more information about his coaching, consulting and public speaking services visit


  1. Cindy Rogers on November 28, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Great idea. To begin with, thank you for your learnitive post that guide and that show appreciation to other’s lives. I enjoy being your FB friend. Have a Beautiful, Memoriable THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

    • markehundley markehundley on November 28, 2013 at 4:48 am

      Thank you Cindy! You have a great Thanksgiving as well!

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