Gratitude is a feeling each of us have but we each find different ways to express it. My outlet has become writing. I am not great at receiving gifts and it often times makes me uncomfortable. It is not that I am not grateful but rather than I am not skilled in verbally expressing thanks. It is my goal to get better. I read an article last week concerning the power of being grateful. Not just the typical thank you but having a daily list that you reflect on the things of which you are grateful. The female writer spoke to the power of being grateful and how it grounds you and balances your ego. She has built a career on teaching powerful people to be grateful. Thus, and the fact it is Thanksgiving, is driving my desire to write today.
2014 has been a great year and I have much for which to be thankful. First off, my health is good. As my father always told me, without your health, you have very little. I am thankful for having my parents alive and in good health for their late 80s. It is a blessing to have them here with me. I am thankful for their live time of giving and guidance. I did not always make it easy for them but they were able to see clear to be a stabilizing influence on my life. Thank you Mom and Dan. I love you dearly.
I am thankful for my four children. They have been the biggest blessing of my life. Each is their own person with a great deal of character. If anyone every asks, I volunteer, having children and raising them is the most important and enriching experience I have ever had. It has been a challenge at times but the rewards are so high, I would never hesitate is saying it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I am thankful for each of my children. They mean the world to me. Thank you Nicole. Thank you Tara. Thank you Jake. Thank you Zach.
I am thankful for my partner of 34 years. She and I have been through so much and have both the scars and the rewards to show for it. I contend, not many other women would have stayed with me for it was not always easy. I would not marry me. My wife is a wonderful person. She is a giver to a fault. She is a great cook, a great mother, an excellent partner, and most importantly, a great person. I respect who she is and what she has accomplished. We have a ton of fun. We are blessed enough to experience things people only dream about. It has been a great ride. Thank you Kim.
I am thankful for the experiences in my life and all the people who have touched my life. I think about literally thousands of people who have touched me in some way. People where the interaction was short and lost never to be seen again. Other people who knew me when I was much younger and who are still in touch today. The people from my work, our friends, our neighbors, and our acquaintances. Each person, somehow has affected my life and who I am today. I want to thank each of them.
I leave today to go to Thanksgiving at someone else's house. We have hosted so many times over the past years and it has been a great experience that I will never forget. We had fun. We decided to take a break this year because we will focus on a family celebration in Ft Myers for Christmas. All our children and their spouses, girlfriends, and one set of Grandparents for the holidays in paradise. Wow, I can't wait.
I am grateful. Tears fill my eyes when I think about the journey I have been on for over 50 years. I see new experiences and new opportunities in the future. The path ahead will have bumps and challenges but I am committed to addressing them head on, being direct, being fair, and smiling. I know how much difference it makes to smile and say, thank you. I will do it often today and more often going forward. Thank you.