Each year at Thanksgiving, I, like many others, take a day of pause to recognize the things for which we are thankful. Although we’ll ideally be thankful throughout the year, this season seems to bring out the appreciative side in all of us.
So cliche or not, here’s my list of things for which I’m thankful:
Most importantly, I’m thankful for family. My three kids are noisy, messy, high-maintenance, and expensive, and I’m the luckiest guy in the world that they call me Dad. My wife is a wonderful mother and somehow manages to tolerate my busy work schedule, my moodiness, and my geekiness. I’m thankful to have my parents (all four of them :)), three grandparents, wonderful in-laws, and my three siblings in my life. Thanks to the abundant procreation of my ancestors, I’m blessed with a large network of uncles and aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews, and other extended family.
I’m thankful for good friends. When we moved from Sherman to Allen last year, we left behind a lot of friends, but thankfully we’ve stayed in touch with them and still manage to get together from time to time. I’m thankful for the new friends we’ve made since our move, and am excited about building those relationships.
I’m thankful for my career. I’m fortunate to have found a way to earn a great living that truly fulfills me. I’m thankful for my employer – I work for a great company, with some of the most exceptional people I’ve ever met. I’m happy to have developed business relationships with some real visionaries, and am excited about where those relationships have taken me in the past year. I’m thankful for the new business we started this year and for the modest but tangible success we’ve seen so far.
Materially, I’m thankful for the “stuff” I have. I’m glad to have my house, two reliable cars, and the conveniences of modern life. I’m thankful that I don’t have to worry about having enough money to pay bills or buy food. While we’re far from rich, I’m thankful that we have what we need to survive.
I’m thankful for my health and that of my immediate family. I see others, some of whom are part of my extended family, who are having health struggles and I am reminded that health isn’t something that can be taken for granted.
So to all of you and yours, I wish you peace, health, and prosperity. Happy Thanksgiving!