Thanksgiving is a bit of a cliché time to share what you’re thankful for, since we have things to be thankful for all the time. However, I’ll concede that it is better to do it once a year than not at all. I have a lot of things on my list of things I am thankful for but I like the simple ones the best. Being able to read and write – this page, a book, a grant proposal, a letter from a friend, etc. Most of us do this all the time, but just imagine for a moment what you would do if you couldn’t read and write…blows my mind.
I am thankful for the clean air I breathe, the toilet I have to use and the safe water that I drink. These things are just there for me but that is certainly not the case for many people around the world. The clothes on my back, the food in my stomach and the shoes on my feet. They keep me warm and healthy and are far more plentiful for me than millions of others on the planet. A little while back I blogged about a contest that was going on for the founder of TOMS, Blake Mycoskie’s book – Start Something That Matters.
So, I won two free copies of the book – one to read and one to give away – which follows TOMS model of buy one pair of shoes or sunglasses and a pair of shoes or sight is given away. If you are unfamiliar with TOMS you need to be, this social enterprise is doing some pretty big things. I saw Blake speak at SXSW last year and really enjoyed hearing about how he started up his business. The book also highlights several other businesses that are working to solve social issues through good business models.
Now for the giveaway! In addition to giving away a copy of the book I am also throwing in a $20 gift certificate to the TOMS website in celebration of my thankfulness of you and so you can start giving back through the purchase of something TOMS-related. All you need to do is leave a comment and share what you are most thankful for. The drawing will take place on the night of Sunday, November 27th, so enter now and have a Happy Thanksgiving (for my U.S. readers)!