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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thankful

Someone I know from work has been posting daily "I am thankful for..." notes on Facebook, which I think is just terrific.  It made me think of some of the things I'm thankful for, so why not list'm now?


First and foremost, I am thankful for my children, Katrina, Korin and Rebecca.  Smarter than I know, more perceptive than I give them credit for, they give me a purpose far greater than myself. And I love them very much.   


I am thankful for my family, especially my mother.  At age 46 I'm still learning things from mom.  


I am thankful that, through the miracle of modern technology known as Facebook, I have been able to reconnect in a way with my sister Michele. 


I am thankful to have been blessed with a small but caring group of people that I call friends.  I used to think that "friend" was something I was to someone else...now I know that it's a two way street.


I am thankful for the people I have worked closely with at the office over the years.  I receive far more from them than I could ever hope to give.  The fact that I can walk down a hallway in large office and have so many people say "hello" or "good morning Steve" never ceases to amaze me.  


I am thankful that I have a job that challenges me and allows me to grow as a person.  I started with my current employer when I was 24 years old, and it feels as if I've grown up there over the years. 


I am thankful for my health, with which I am truly blessed.  I hope one day to be spoiling the hell out of my grandchildren.


I am thankful for having discovered Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Herman Melville, Hunter S. Thompson, T.S.Eliot, Walt Whitman, Dylan Thomas, Robert Burns and countless other authors with names I have forgotten.  It's amazing how much personal insight you can gain from words written by someone else.


I am thankful for the gift of music...not playing it, but simply being able to hear it. 


Last but not least, I am thankful to whatever Higher Power out there deems me worthy of a curious mind and a desire for personal growth.  I could not stand to live another minute on this Earth if the requirement were that I could not somehow do something every day to make myself better.    

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you. That was great read to start my day. So often I do neglect to take a time out to be truly grateful.

Stephen Albert said...

I am glad that you found it beneficial.

- Steve