Being thankful for what you have (and don’t have) as well as for what you have experienced (and haven’t experienced) obviously shouldn’t be relegated to just one day during the year. With that being said, Thanksgiving does afford one a milestone in time to reflect.
Every day that goes by, I realize how true it is that I won the ovarian lottery. Regardless of the whining I do during the day (I chalk that up to lapses in perspective), my “problems” are so so small compared to rest of the human population.
An all too easy trail to follow is to ignore what God has graced you with and instead focus on whatever shortcomings you think you have, all the time. Yes, there are weeks when my vertebrae play with my spinal cord with rusty razor blades. But that pain pales in comparison with having two good eyes and ears to see and hear my little niece. Whatever the struggle of the day is, if you look hard enough, you will find something opposite (and better) to appreciate.
Due to my introverted nature, I sometimes don’t always make it clear how appreciative I am of those in my life. Again, it’s not that I don’t care, I just have periodic lapses in perspective.
Thanks go to the Lord for letting me win into a superb family. How many people get to know not only a mom, dad and brother but also get to know grandparents and great grandparents. Most of how I am is due to a mom who is always there, a dad who busted his ass to provide for us (which allowed mom to always be there), a little brother to learn how to share (and to apply an occasional beating) and two complete sets of grandparents to let me see a life other than a suburban life. If you hate my guts, blame them.
Friends don’t really become friends that easily for me. When I do make a true friend, they are usually stuck with me for a while, even if we haven’t spoken in over a year (cough cough Phil cough cough). Each decade that goes by sees the addition of at least two or three friends being added to the “give a kidney” roster. I hope I’ve been as good a friend to you as you have been to me and that you all don’t find yourself needing a kidney. I only have two. I think. I’ve never really looked.
To all of my clients who have allowed me to help you and earn an income, thank you. Thanks to the young men and women at Palm Beach Atlantic University for choosing to continue your studies at the university. Thanks to Rick and Candy with Maine Arts Camp for sticking with me for all these years and being great examples of entrepreneurship. Thanks to Kristi for letting me share some of my knowledge with you and for you sharing some of your clients with me. For my new clients this year, thank you for taking a chance on me and I hope to be able to work with you for many years to come. For those clients who have moved beyond what I am capable of providing, I’m proud to have been a part of your story.
If you ever find yourself in a frustrating situation, think about your ball and ask yourself if you would put it back.
I’m keeping mine….