Yesterday was Thanksgiving here in the United States. I only say that for those who read this overseas (THANK YOU!). It is a day that stop to give thanks for the things we are lucky enough to have.
So it only makes sense to give thanks. I would have done this yesterday but I was too busy being thankful.
I am thankful most of all for this…
it pretty much goes without saying. It is a major force as to why this blog exists to begin with. I have and always will love my beautiful wife, she is my life, but I am thankful for the gift she has given to me (and herself), our baby Xavier who has shown us both how limitless love can be. I don’t think there is ever a moment where I am not thankful for either of them, they are truly the greatest part of my life so far.
I am thankful for family. It has been a rough year with my Dad being diagnosed with cancer, my mom finally getting surgery and my brother going through his own medical issues. I had a little scare myself in February, but that turned out to be an isolated incident. I am thankful that they are all still with us today and all appear to be doing quite well. I am thankful for my California family, my In laws, who couldn’t be better to Anna, Xavier and myself. For my brother and sister in laws, who are all great people, I am thankful to be able to call them family. For Xaviers cousins, my nieces and nephews, who make mt laugh and brighten even the darkest day. I am thankful for both my and my wife’s extended family as well, I am very lucky to have them all in our lives.
I am thankful for my employment. These are tough times we are all in, and when it comes to my job, I am in a position that a lot aren’t: I like my job, I like what I do, who I work with, who I work for. I enjoy going into the office every day. I enjoy my daily interactions, the challenges that come before me. Just being in that position puts me in the minority, as I see countless posts on Facebook or hear conversations about people just being miserable in their jobs and feeling powerless to do anything about it. I have an acquaintance who just left their job and I am thankful that they have hopefully found themselves in a better situation, but with the economy the way it is, people are scared to change, no matter how miserable they are.
My friends. I an thankful for each and everyone of them. I am thankful to be surrounded by such a strong support system. OK, I am not exactly shy, I am pretty outgoing so I have been fortunate to have built some great friendships over the years. Sometimes I don’t get to see some (many) of them as often as I would like, but that is unfortunately a byproduct of life, but I just want to say through here, that I am thankful for them all!
My health. I am thankful to have it. I am thankful that I have not needed any major procedures, not having to take a rainbow of pills everyday, that for the most part, I am a healthy adult male. I am thankful that I can get out and do the things I like to do, play golf, run, take walks with the wife and son without any setbacks. I could ALWAYS be in better shape, weigh a little less, all of that good stuff, and I hope to always be attempting to do so, but I am thankful that I can make that attempt. I am thankful that it appears I will have many many years ahead with Anna and Xavier.
I am thankful to have the opportunity to share my adventures with you through these entries. I appreciate that I get to share my joy and the things I am thankful for.