In my “Thanksgiving Chaos” article, I talked about how holidays are becoming corrupted by commercialization and how Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays that seems to be staying true to tradition. It is a day of thanks, whether it be for the tiny things in life or something much more grand. It’s important to take a few minutes to recognize these items, reflect on them, and be sure that you are reciprocal with your actions.
Given that Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I wanted to take a few minutes to be thankful for some key people and things in my life.
I’m thankful for my family, the ones under my roof and elsewhere as they are the ones who define me.
I’m thankful for my wife and her drive to give our kids every piece of her being — without her, our family would not exist.
I’m thankful for our health — despite coughs, colds, bumps, scrapes, and bruises, we seem to doing okay (even with peanut allergies).
I’m thankful for my oldest daughter — whose passion for and skill in ballet are simply amazing.
I’m thankful for my middle daughter — whose sarcastic humor, nurturing personality, beautiful piano playing ability, passion for animals, and solid gymnastics power keep her focused.
I’m thankful for my youngest daughter — whose forwardness, humor, contagious laughter, and outgoing nature makes her the actress she aspires to be and friend to many.
I’m thankful for my commute to work that allows me to let someone else do the work while I read, write, and sleep.
I’m thankful that I have a full-time job and I hope that what I do helps others live their dreams in the cloud as well.
I’m thankful for the country I live in — despite what most people think is a messed-up government, we have more liberties, freedoms, and opportunities than most other people in the world.
I’m thankful for technology — without it, we would not be as connected or free to pursue our dreams, or be as entertained, safe, or heathy as we are now. (And I would have nothing to write about … sort of.)
I’m thankful that my crappy car is still running despite it’s best efforts not to do so.
I’m thankful that Steve Jobs had a vision.
I’m thankful for the social web which has interconnected countless lives, uniting ideas and communicating thoughts.
I’m thankful for moms who continue to nurture the family through thick and thin.
I’m thankful for dads who provide the other 1/2 of the parenting equation and are now bringing new energy to the family dynamic.
I’m thankful for my dad who taught me how to write and have a sense of humor.
I’m thankful for my mom who gave me an eye for photography.
I’m thankful for close friends who are always there through thick and thin.
I’m thankful for coffee — the nectar of my creativity.
I’m thankful for children who inspire us to be better every day.
I’m thankful to my bosses who allow me to excel.
I’m thankful for opinions as they bring ideas to life, conflict to resolution, and inspiration to fruition.
I’m thankful for running water, electricity at the flip of a switch, a warm house, and a roof over my head.
I’m thankful for blogging for without that, I would not be able to share my feelings, ideas, and thoughts with complete strangers around the world.
It’s important this day and age to take a few minutes away from your busy or hectic life and think about what you truly are thankful for. If your life is difficult or easy, there are probably some things to give thanks to. If you are down on your luck, things will get better. If you are on a high, remember how you got there and the people who helped you along the way.
What actions or people have impacted your life? Have you taken the time to thank them personally? If you haven’t, take a few minutes to do it right now!