Thursday, November 24, 2011

It's All About Being Thankful

Like most of you I don’t have everything I thought I would have at this point in my life, but I’m sure blessed and thankful for all that I do have. As part of the “Baby Boomer” generation I’m as guilty as most with thinking “I Gotta Have It” and “I Want It Right Now.” How many of us have gotten in trouble following that philosophy? Many of those “wants” are simply that and not something we “need.” I’ve even gotten some things that I really thought I wanted and after I got them didn’t really want them so much. As we sit down to our Thanksgiving dinner we can find at least something to be thankful for because there is always someone who has less than us. I know times are tough for many.

I’m Thankful For:

Family and extended family - especially my wife of 42 years, wonderful kids and grand kids. Extended family that made me part of theirs from the start.

All of my Faculties - Just waking up each morning and being able to get out of bed and take care of myself. My sight, hearing, taste, smell, mobility and a memory that is still pretty good.

Friends both old and new - especially some that have been friends for 40 years and some even over 60 years. The new ones we are making in our new community.

Our Church - Making us feel at home there from the first time we walked through their door. Also the fact that I can worship where and how I want to.

Living in the U.S. - I have so many freedoms and simple things like clean water, safe food and great medical care that I sometimes take for granted.

The Right To Vote

Those In Service
- Protecting me so I can sleep soundly and not worry while I’m awake.

There are so many things to be thankful for that I could go on and on, but the point is that no matter how bad or desperate things seem I’m sure we can all find something to be thankful for. I believe we would be so much happier if we simply learned to be thankful everyday for all that we have. Oh yes, I’m also thankful that I can write what I want to write and post it for everyone to read. Life is Good and I Am Thankful!