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When I was growing up, I attended Catholic schools. As you might imagine, I had my fair share of guilt, and many times found myself on the wrong end of a wooden paddle. But I digress. During my tenure at Catholic school, Sister Audry taught me a simple poem that I keep with me to this day: “I used to sing the blues, ‘cause I had no shoes, until I met the man on the street, who didn’t have any feet.” Have you ever caught yourself complaining about something to later realize that it could be worse? Take a minute to think about something bad that has happened to you and apply the logic of Sister Audry. It works pretty much every time.
On May 22, an EF5 tornado destroyed 30% of my town. Many times since that day, I have had the opportunity to see Sister Audry’s philosophy in action. I think of my friend Barrett, who rode out the tornado in his basement, came out to find his house was destroyed and then started dancing in the street. Weird, right? Not when you consider that when the tornado hit, his son was not with him in the basement. He was driving home in the storm with his uncle. When Barrett got the phone call that his son was safe, nothing else mattered. How is that for perspective?

Are you a Seinfeld fan? If so, you may remember when George’s father created his own holiday called Festivus, which included feats of strength and the airing of grievances. Check out the video here. Like the Costanzas, we at Sleep Geek have also created our own holiday. It’s called Geeksgiving, and for 24 days, we’ll do the opposite of the Costanzas: Instead of airing our grievances, we’ll air our gratefulness.

From November 1 through Thanksgiving Day, Sleep Geek will ask one question each day about why RSAs and industry members are thankful. An example question reads, “All over the world, there are people each night who sleep without a mattress. Tell us: Why are you thankful for your mattress?” For each response received, Leggett & Platt will donate $1.00 to Feeding America®. Sleep Geek is asking RSAs and industry members to submit a response daily in celebration of Geeksgiving and help Leggett & Platt reach its goal of donating up to $10,000.

This is your chance to have a little fun and in the process make Sister Audry proud. It is so easy to take what we have been given for granted. Log in to every day through Thanksgiving Day to share why you are thankful.

On the flip side, use the comments section below for the airing of grievances. Happy Geeksgiving (and Festivus)!

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are mine and mine alone. They do not represent the thinking of the company I work for, or anyone else with whom I am affiliated. Except my wife of course, who is good at telling me what not to say.

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