In one week, I'll turn 51. There were times in my life that I was fairly certain I would never make it to 40, so I give thanks to God for allowing me to spend more time on earth.
The following day will be Thanksgiving, and there are so many things to count among my blessings that I decided to list them a bit early this year.
I have a job that is very rewarding. It requires long hours, and sometimes can be full of distress; but, for the most part, I get to help document the daily lives of our community. That means that I get to see the highs and the lows, and the good always outweighs the bad.
I have a job, when many in the county, the state and the nation are just trying to figure out how they'll make it through another day.
I have a family that I cherish and love dearly. We don't always agree on everything, and we can get on each other's nerves at times; but, the love between us is palpable and real, and it has sustained me through some of the darkest times of my life.
I have friends that I truly don't think I could have chosen better. Some are here in Mason County, some are in New England, and others are in south Texas. They are scattered all over the state, the nation and the world; but, their influences upon me are what have made me a better person. Bruce and Susan keep me smiling. Kelly and Misty keep me grounded. Sean and Terri keep me living. Peanut, Denise, Ken and Bill keep me on my toes and make me be my best.
At last week's playoff game in Bandera, I had the pleasure of reconnecting with a very old friend of mine. Greg and I used to be inseparable; but, over the years, we drifted into the different lives that we were building. Greg reminded me that, despite the years, he had never forgotten our friendship. I've had the same happen with Michael and Terri, with Chuck and Julie, and with Charles and Chris. When I do talk to them, it's as if time has simply parted a curtain and allowed us to resume where we left off. That's the mark of true friends.
I'm grateful for the people that surround me at work. They see me more than my family or friends, and have become a combination of both. Donna, T. J., Tom and Amanda get to see me being my best, and my worst. They know of my successes and my failures and they support me through all of them.
I realize that it's a bit early to be listing my thanks for Thanksgiving; but, I don't save these for just one day. I give thanks every day for the wonderful things in my life. There are too many blessings to hold to just one day, so I use them every day to remind myself why I'm so blessed.
I have God in my life. I have family. I have friends. I have health and relative prosperity and a good dog.
I give thanks for all that I have, and that I've been able to share over the years. And, I give thanks that I'm able to recognize just how fortunate I am, as many people never open their eyes and see all the good that surrounds them.
It’s all just my opinion.