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    The Season for Thanks

    John A. Wojtecki
    Doctor John A. Wojtecki has 45 years of experience in Human Resources, Safety, and Training serving the toy, food, plastics, steel, and office furniture industries. John operates his own consulting business and is a Certified Facilitator in Real Colors. He is a volunteer with the Quad Cities Mediation Service. He posts monthly on his LinkedIn account.

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    No doubt, 2020 has been a difficult year. This article should appear in the Discover Muscatine that arrives during Thanksgiving week. As I look around me and my world, in this Thanksgiving season, I have much to give thanks for.

    As I sit here and share my thoughts, I am warmed with a magnificent quilt that keeps my lap and feet warm. A quilt takes many hours to produce. It will no doubt be a long winter, yet warmer due to the personalized quilt and quilter.

    I am thankful for the opportunity to learn. With one or two clicks, I can borrow a book from our local library. I can read that book online without ever leaving my rocking chair.

    I am thankful for the internet. I am a participant in a software program called Duolingo. By the time that you read this, I will have completed my Spanish lessons for 365 straight days. I now participate in a Wednesday evening Zoom meeting, where we get the opportunity to speak Spanish. I do see where I am improving in speaking Spanish.

    I am thankful to you who take the time to read my ramblings. One day when I was walking at the mall, a kind gentleman told me that he always reads my articles. He explained that COVID-19 has him quarantined much of the day, and the articles have meant something to him. His comments mean much to me, too.

    I am thankful for an editor that takes time to help me improve. This writing is very much a journey. I am amazed at the dedication of the Discover Muscatine staff.

    When I look back on the journey for 2020, amusing might be the best descriptor. Thanks to: Jerry, Peg, Bob, Steve, Pam, Tom/Michelle who, on a regular/irregular basis comment on whatever level of amusing mischief I’m in. I am thankful for their encouraging words.

    I am thankful to those who responded with recipes for the cookbook. Progress on getting enough to print has been s – l – o – w. I will not be deterred. If you put a picture of stubborn in the dictionary, I would be right next to it describing this trait.

    I am thankful for the two rescue dogs who keep me walking. One has had health issues, and we were thankful when the vet said, “considering the circumstances, she is doing well.” Every day is a gift.

    I am thankful that in 2021, there will be a scholarship in my name for a local graduating senior going into the skilled trades, the medical field, or business.

    I am thankful for the opportunity to enjoy my children and grandchildren. As I see grandchildren grow, I (we) sometimes need to borrow their amazement at the world, their enthusiasm for play, and their ability to laugh many times a day.

    I am thankful I am able to continue to reach out to you, to help your business, your career, and your life in general. I look forward to a fruitful and productive 2021.

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