Happy Thanksgiving from NGI | Natural Gourmet Institute

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Happy Thanksgiving from NGI

Posted November 19, 2018

I have always liked this time of year because around the world people gather together to put aside differences, celebrate life, help others in need, and reflect. In the United States, this time of year brings us Thanksgiving – a unique (and often favorite) holiday that celebrates love, community and being thankful.

In 1621, the first American Thanksgiving was a three day feast that was attended by the Pilgrims who emigrated from Europe and the Native Americans who befriended them. The feast celebrated the first harvest, community, and tradition – something we love here at NGI. Over the centuries that have followed, Thanksgiving has become the definitive American holiday that is defined by good deeds, gratitude and of course food!

Being my usual reflective self, I made a list of what I was thankful for this year and thought I would share, as it completely represents the NGI community at large. So, in no particular order, here is my list:

  • I am thankful for the individuals and communities who strive to make real, positive changes, despite so many roadblocks and challenges
  • I am thankful random acts of kindness, unexpected expressions of love, and acts of selfless heroism in a world that needs it more than ever
  • I am thankful for access to knowledge, diversity of thoughts and diversity of people and for those for fight tirelessly to protect them
  • I am thankful to have a profession that allows me to make a positive impact and celebrate those who have spent a lifetime following this path
  • I am thankful for health and wellness and for the individuals who guide myself and others
  • Lastly, I am thankful for those who inspire hope as hope fuels positive change

May you find such hope in the coming year and beyond. All of us at NGI wish everyone a wonderful holiday season.

Jonathan Cetnarski, NGI President & CEO