It’s Thanksgiving Day in the States and like last year, I thought it might be a good idea to park the heavy topics I usually discuss here and instead share my 2011 Top Ten List of Things I’m Thankful For…
10. Friends: I’m grateful for the hundreds of personal and professional friendships I’ve been able to cultivate over the years and I love the fact that I can stay in touch with all you from a distance. So many of you have supported and encouraged me this past year and I want to say Thank You!
9. The U.S.A.: I appreciate beyond measure the ability to work and live in the greatest country on Earth. Even though the USA might be in a bit of a funk right now, I’m confident that we will recover and continue to be that shining beacon on the hill that our parents and grandparents built for us.
8. Comfort: It might seem like a small thing, but unlike millions who are less fortunate than me, I slept every night this past year in a warm bed. If you agree that this is something everyone deserves, donate a bit of your time and/or treasure to those who make it their business to feed, clothe and provide shelter to those who are less fortunate.
7. Freedom: Again, it’s easy to take this one for granted, but unlike millions around the world, I’m blessed with the right to speak my mind, the responsibility to participate in my government, and the freedom to worship as I please. Join me in taking advantage of these rights. By doing so, we’ll ensure they’ll be here for the next generation.
6. Sports: On a not-so-serious note, I’m thankful for the meaningless distraction of sports – especially football & baseball – even though my favorite teams in each of these sports have been awful this year. The current misery associated with being a fan of the Minnesota Twins & Vikings will make it all that much sweeter when they start winning again. At least my hockey team is good this year… Go Wild!
5. My Boys: On a family note, I was blessed to play on the same softball team this past year with my two adult sons. I’m overcome with pride to see how they have grown and matured. They each surpassed me in athletic ability a long time ago – and I don’t mind that one bit as long as they let me share the same playing field. They are both brilliant, talented young men who are even more gifted in the game of life than the game of softball.
4. My Toys: I appreciate the raft of tech toys in my life: my iPhone & iPad are windows into all things and all people. My MacBook helps me create and store so much stuff it would take a pack elephant to carry it all on paper. And of course I can’t forget our DVR – it saves me at least a couple hours every week.
3. My Health: I’m grateful for my health and the physical ability to get outside and run a few miles each week. I set a big running goal each year and living in Florida has given me an unfair advantage in that pursuit. I just hope I can continue to get out there and run like a fool for many years to come.
2. My Work: I was fortunate to have wonderful clients to work with and challenging projects to tackle over this past year. Considering the current economic mess, I’m even more fortunate to have a great new client to work with starting this month. Besides putting food on the table and providing a weekly allowance for my other hobbies and habits, the work I’ve been blessed with fuels my passion for helping people through the process of change.
1. My Wife: Finally, I can’t describe how fortunate I am to be married to my best friend for the past 27 years. She has made my world everything I could ever imagine it to be. And since she proofreads all of my posts, I can tell her right here: I love you sweetheart. And Happy Thanksgiving!
No one is as lucky as me.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
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