Monday Moments with President Bergman: November 22, 2021

Gustavus President Rebecca M. Bergman shares her thoughts with College students, faculty, and staff each week.
Posted on November 22nd, 2021 by

President Rebecca M. Bergman

Happy Thanksgiving! Traditionally, on Thanksgiving day, we pause to give thanks for the blessings in our lives, gather with family and friends to enjoy a special meal together, and take time for leisurely conversation and family-favorite activities. However you choose to celebrate (or not celebrate), each of us has an opportunity this week to ponder what we are grateful for and who we are grateful for. We can take stock of the goodness in our lives and in the actions of others. Even though the last year and a half has been challenging, stressful, disruptive, and at times almost overwhelming, there is still much to be thankful for.

Here at Gustavus, I am especially grateful for our community. I give thanks for everything you do to build and sustain our community, to foster feelings of belonging and engagement, and to live out our core values. Each day, as I walk across our campus, I am thankful for the talented, hardworking, and dedicated students, faculty, and staff who are part of the Gustavus family. We are blessed to be members of a community where people have a genuine commitment to each other, to the wellbeing of each individual, and to the success of the institution as a whole.

As a College community, much is given to us, and much is expected of us. In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, let’s all take time to give thanks¬†for the people and the good deeds that are happening around us every¬†day. Practicing gratitude is free, and regularly practicing gratitude helps us focus on the positives in our lives and the world around us. This week, share what you are most thankful for. Tell your friends, family, and coworkers how much you appreciate them. Take time to actively celebrate gratitude. Be a thanksgiver.

Whether you are venturing near or far this week, travel safely, stay healthy, and enjoy the break.

Yours in community,

President Bergman


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