A Meditation on Thankfulness

In two days, the country takes a day off of work to declare a day of thankfulness for all that we have.

SagePresence would like to kick off this season by being thankful for you. It is only through the relationships we have that we are allowed to stay in business and make the difference we make. We thank you for the vital professional connection we share with you, and for everything you’ve done to give meaning to the messages that we put out, and for everything you have done that has helped us grow our audience.

This has been a profoundly significant year for SagePresence. We’ve put out our first book (WINNING PRESENCE For Business Presenters, available here). We gathered our first group of in-house trainers and given them the ability to deliver our work to our clients, freeing me and Dean up to grow the company and expand our offering. And at the same time we have started to offer products, giving our clients the ability to take us with them wherever they go.

In honor of this season of thankfulness and gratitude, and to truly give you the experience of the appreciation we feel for you, we invite you to take a moment for yourself, and truly appreciate all that you are and all that you have. It’s easy to let the busy-ness of our work lives to consume our waking hours and fill our minds, and to distract us from our warmest emotions.

We invite you to simply take a moment — right now, as soon as you finish reading this paragraph — to close your eyes, and think of the people in your life that you cherish the most, and appreciate them. Your family, your friends, the people who know you best and love you most. Think of each one of them individually or as a group and focus on what you appreciate about them.

Now open your eyes and look around you. Take the feeling of appreciation that you still have and apply it to your surroundings. Be thankful for an environment that sustains you and allows you to thrive. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you see. Appreciate it for contributing to this unique moment that you are experiencing.

Now look inward and thank yourself for all that you are. Appreciate your strengths, your skills, your abilities, your experiences, your expertise, your generosity. Really, take a moment and appreciate yourself for all the good that you do, and that you are.

Now take a moment — only a moment — to think of your weaknesses, your imperfections, your character flaws and personality quirks. Hold them in mind, and appreciate them. These character traits also contribute meaningfully to all that you are. You literally would not be the same person without them. Embrace them and appreciate them for being an intrinsic part of who you are.

Now I invite you to take all of this that you have meditated on — your loved ones, your environment, and your whole, complete self — and move forward through this day with a continued sense of appreciation and thankfulness for all that you come across, everyone you speak to, and all that happens to you. Be thankful and grateful and appreciative for your day.

And this feeling you have — this feeling of thankfulness — this is what we’d like you to know that we feel for you this season.


  1. Greg on November 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    If you don’t live it – you can’t give it. You guys give it hugely everyday. Thanks! Enjoy the holiday and travel safe.

  2. Ann on November 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you both for this very inciteful message. May your holidays be safe and joyful.

  3. MelanieMelanie on November 20, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Thanks you guys, that was lovely.

  4. Tom Esch on November 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm


    Yes, lovely, esp the part about embracing weakness…Rumi would be smiling. It has been a pleasure learning from and with you both.


  5. Pete Machalek on November 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks, everybody! We wish you safe travels and a profound experience of love and family for you all!

  6. Barb Dusek on November 21, 2012 at 6:28 am

    What a delightful way to invite appreciation into the season and the coming year. Thanks, Pete!

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