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.