“Insuring” bountiful thanks

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Thanksgiving… an American holiday founded from the Pilgrim’s harvest celebration that dates back to 1621.

Like everything, Thanksgiving has evolved over the years. Some think the meaning of Thanksgiving includes a feast fit for kings and queens and a time for reunions with families.

Others see Thanksgiving as a time to enjoy football, where the National Football League (NFL) plays three major games on Thanksgiving – a tradition it started in its inception back in 1920. One of the games is guaranteed to have the Detroit Lions in it. As I’m from Michigan, I love that I can count on catching at least one of the Lions’ games each year as my family finishes their turkey.

Many see Thanksgiving as a time to “give thanks” and an opportunity to be thankful for what they have been given. They use the time to extend themselves and give to others who are less fortunate. This year, I will be one of those people giving to others by cooking four turkey dinners at the Ronald McDonald House in my nearby community. The Ronald McDonald House is where families with sick children can stay so they are close to each other – and to the care and resources they need.

If you haven’t had a chance to volunteer for something this year, I encourage you to make the time to give to those that are less fortunate. Use the holidays as a reminder to give onto others.

For most of us, Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate and be thankful for all the gifts that we are fortunate to have in life, including family, friends and health. It is a time for reflection for all the things we are lucky to have.

What I’m thankful for

I am grateful to have a good job that is rewarding and gives me the opportunity to give back every day to something that is so important to me – Insurance. I have had multiple major claims of all types in my lifetime, so I understand how important it is to society.

It makes me think of the recent natural disasters that have happened in the world:

  • 6.9 magnitude earthquake near Namie, Fukushima, Japan
  • 6.4 magnitude earthquake near Villa Basilio Nievas, San Juan, Argentina
  • 6.9 magnitude earthquake on the North Island of New Zealand

Total economic losses globally from catastrophic events for the first half of 2016 were more than $80 billion dollars! However, nearly 85 percent of those losses were covered by insurance.

Can you imagine what life would be like without insurance?

So, yes, I am even thankful for the centuries-old industry that protects us against financial loss. Because of it, even in the face of natural disasters, we have the opportunity to protect our property; to rebuild and face adversity.

I am grateful, too, that I work for a company that develops insurance software solutions that have had such a significant impact on our insurance customers’ ability to respond to insureds during these types of events. One example is Tokio Marine Nichido, who integrated OnBase with Guidewire Claim Center just days before the terrible Tsunami hit in 2011. The combined solution helped them to process claims more effectively, assisting people to rebuild and repair their homes and businesses.

So happy Thanksgiving! Have fun with your families, we’ve got your back.

Ruth Fisk

Ruth Fisk has more than 25 years of experience working within the insurance industry and is a foremost expert on the practical application of EDMS technology. In her role as Global Director for Insurance at Hyland, she has travelled to more than 90 countries helping insurance organizations to successfully reduce operating expenses, increase efficiency, and positively impact their bottom lines.

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