Should Midlife Adults Have A Nationwide Policy Of Personal Thanksgiving?

Should Midlife Adults Have A Nationwide Policy Of Personal Thanksgiving?

Chick-fil-A has a gutsy, longstanding policy to remain closed on Sundays, resisting the temptation to increase corporate earnings. Should midlife adults carry a policy of daily, moment-to-moment thanksgiving? Doing so would require us to resist many temptations for immediate gratification.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. I believe the owner of Chick-Fil-A is seeking personal pleasure by remaining closed on Sunday. Whether it is to insure more family time his workers or to observe the Sabbath. To both goals, money is secondary.

  2. Patty, personal pleasure in your reference sounds positive and useful. In my reference, it was meant as time consuming, wasteful, and selfish – gambling or any other unhealthy habit.

  3. Jeff,

    Living in the Atlanta area, home of Chick-fil-A, we are blessed with the ability to hear Truett Cathy. But my thoughts of him go back before I even lived in the Atlanta area.

    I remember the first time I got to hear him in person, and I met him. It was over 20 years ago, and he came to my college and spoke during chapel – a time normally reserved for pastors, ministers, and Bible professors. There wasn’t even a Chick-fil-A in the small, college town at that time, so he wasn’t there to promote his restaurants. He was there to talk about how God had so blessed him (and not necessarily financially, although He has blessed him that way as well) by honoring God in running his business with a Christian mindset. I remember him saying about being closed on Sundays [paraphrasing], “I have had business analysts tell me how much money I am supposedly ‘losing’ by not being open on Sunday, but I have to remind them how much richer I am by having happy employees who appreciate the choice of getting to worship on Sundays.”


  4. We have the power of choice. The choice to remain closed on Sundays may mean less revenue. But I believe the choice is about the bottom line. And Truett Cathy’s bottom line has nothing to do with money.

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