The Things I’m Thankful For

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Like a lot of you, for me the upcoming week is filled with meals shared with family and friends. Over a seven day stretch, we’re eating at least five planned meals with people we don’t get to see too often.

In all that bustle is a reminder of the people we were, the people we are, and the people we might someday become. It’s just a way of reminding us of all of the things we have to be thankful for this year.

This Sunday before Thanksgiving seemed like a good time to share a few of the things I’m thankful for. I hope that as you read this, you recognize some of the things that you’re thankful for in your own life, and you use it as a reminder this week (and always) of the many wonderful things we have in our lives.

I’m thankful for my family. That’s an easy thing to say, of course, but it’s so true.
I’m thankful for my oldest son’s burgeoning wit.
I’m thankful for my daughter’s smile and artistic capabilities.
I’m thankful for my youngest child’s bubbly personality.
I’m thankful for my wife’s constant support and positive attitude.
I’m thankful for my mother’s frankness and surprising wit.
I’m thankful for my father’s ability to put people at ease at the drop of a hat.
I’m thankful for all of these things and so much more.

I’m thankful that I was born in a society where most of my basic needs are met and with enough health that I can enjoy a productive life.

I’m thankful for the wonderful world we have to share, with its amazing beauty and depth. It’s a gift that we all have to share, regardless of what we each choose to believe. I’m thankful for whatever made this world, though the nature of that entity is beyond my understanding.

I’m thankful that I have people in my life who I can sit down with and bounce any crazy idea off of them that I might have, and we’ll just talk it through without judgments. I have friends like this who rest at every end of the political, religious, and social spectrum. Thank you, John, Ron, Melissa, Heidi, Heather, Rachel, Erin, Vicky, Brit, and many others.

I’m thankful for the people who take the time to read The Simple Dollar, and I hope that they get something of value out of it when they do.

It really is a great life. Thank you.

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