Josh Kramer

I’ve made it my practice to use this space in November to write about gratitude. It’s fitting, as we celebrate Thanksgiving and honor our military veterans this month.

Veterans can teach us a great deal about purpose, leadership, work ethic, community, cooperation, duty, integrity, honor, courage and much, much more.

At an early age, I was inspired by the veterans in my life. I remember my grandpa for his work ethic, his dedication to service and his respect toward others.

I vividly remember one piece of advice he often shared: “Josh, if you’re not willing to do something, who else do you think will?”

For the lessons he taught me, I am grateful. I’ve borrowed, and often repeat, this phrase to my own kids: “If you want to be at your best, you have to do things other people aren’t willing to do.”

Complete this sentence, quickly, without overthinking it: I am thankful for those who _________.

Write down everything that comes to mind. Make a gratitude list. I will share mine.

I am thankful for those who…
• Serve our country.
• Grow and raise food for the world.
• Provide, prepare and serve food for others, especially those most in need.
• Teach our future generations.
• Are willing to run and serve in positions charged with making difficult decisions.
• Choose to do the right thing, even when it’s the hard thing.
• Volunteer, vote, attend and participate civically.
• Express opinions in a respectful manner.
• Work in fields providing safety and care for others.
• Transport goods, supplies and materials.
• Inspire kindness and generosity.
• Call, send cards and frequently check in on others.
• Accurately cover local news, current events and community happenings.
• Are curious, genuine and sincere.
• Are committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity.

Of course, I am thankful, too, to those who support their electric cooperative and the readers of this magazine.
Please, share your gratitude list with others. Pass it on. Happy Thanksgiving!

Josh Kramer, editor-in-chief of North Dakota Living, is executive vice president and general manager of NDAREC. Contact him at