Things I am thankful for

Even though I fully believe that every day is a day of thanksgiving, I wanted to take a few moments today to share a few things I am thankful for.  I hope you will have the time to do the same not only this week, but also on a regular basis.

  1. I am thankful to have good health.  Even though I do not live the perfect lifestyle, I have the opportunity to work, eat and sleep and I have a wonderful place to live in a great community.  When I consider that many in the world don’t know where their next meal will come from and don’t have adequate shelter to live in, I am overwhelmed with thanks.
  2. I am thankful to have a wonderful wife and family.  My wife, Gena, and I celebrated 30 years of wedded bliss (at least I consider it bliss, not sure about her opinion Smile) earlier this fall.  During this time we have raised two wonderful sons, Daniel and Matthew, and they are now both productive members of society.  When I consider all of the obstacles and pitfalls that are out there it gives me great satisfaction and thanks to know that God has provided so well for me and for each of them.
  3. I am thankful to live in a country where I can freely worship my God.  On the other hand I am also thankful that others can worship, or not worship, as they see fit.  I certainly will do my part to help others understand why I believe as I do, but it is refreshing to live in a society where we all have such freedom.  I get a little queasy when I see others who want to exclude non-Christian groups from the fabric of America.  While I certainly have a Christian world-view, that does no allow me to look down upon those who have a differing view.  I only ask that they respect my views and I’ll do the same for them.
  4. Finally, I am thankful to be able to successfully operate my own business.  I have been in the Search and Consulting world now for almost seven years now and it is amazing to see what I have been able to do in the past two years in comparison to where I started.  I enjoy working with and being with others and this work is so much about people that I have to sometimes stop and just pause to consider how fortunate I am.

Have you compiled your own list of what you are thankful for?  If no, please do so.  My list is not exhaustive and I have many other things that give me pause for thanks.

Take time this week and every week to give thanks.  Find a quiet place and reflect, even pray, to give thanks.

I believe you will come out of this with a greater appreciation of all that you have.

I know I feel much better for just taking the time to do so.