We continue our focus during the U.S. Thanksgiving week with a look at things to be thankful for.  This episode, we look at people in our life.  These can be friends, family, and even co-workers.  Each relationship has its unique traits, and now is an excellent time to consider them.  Let’s look at some reasons to be thankful for these people that make life’s journey with us.


We do not often get to choose the people we work with.  Our career or job tends to lead us into these relationships instead of the other way around.  Nevertheless, these are people that are fellow travelers in a fashion.  They often have similar interests, goals, and even approaches to problem-solving.  While they are not exactly like us, we usually will see they are not that far off from us when push comes to shove.

Learning From Peers, Teammates, and Co-Workers


Friends are the people we choose to share life with.  These range from “drinking buddies” to soulmates and many points in between.  No matter the depth of the friendship, a friend is always preferable to being lonely.  That does not mean we can not be happy being alone at times.  This mindset is about loneliness or feeling like someone cares.  The people that we call friends should be affirmed and thanked on a regular basis.  We know how much of a chore it can be to put up with us at times.


We have no choice in our family members.  However, these people know us as good as anyone does.  They also are generally more likely to truly care about our success and happiness.  I understand that some family members can try our patience or worse.

Nevertheless, these are often the relationships that stay with us to the grave.  That alone makes them people that influence us heavily through our life, and a little thanks will not hurt.  If they are going to be a part of your life, then try to make them a happy part of it.


Rob Broadhead

Rob is a founder of, and frequent contributor to, Develpreneur. This includes the Building Better Developers podcast. He is also a lifetime learner as a developer, designer, and manager of software solutions. Rob is the founder of RB Consulting and has managed to author a book about his family experiences and a few about becoming a better developer. In his free time, he stays busy raising five children (although they have grown into adults). When he has a chance to breathe, he is on the ice playing hockey to relax or working on his ballroom dance skills.

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