Nov 24, 2011

What I'm Thankful For in 2011

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Of course, this holiday has everyone thinking about what they are and should be thankful for.  Here's my list in no particular order:

1.  My family: From the special bond that my daughter and I share, to the renewed friendship my sister and I now have, I'm thankful for my family.  We don't always see eye to eye, we fuss, we fight, but at the end of it all, we love each other and are there for one another.  To my family all across the country, I love you and hope to see you all soon! And don't ever change....not that your stubborn asses would anyway! ;-)

2. My friends: From The Apples to the friends I've made since high school, at work, or along the way on my life journey, I love and cherish you all.  For most of you, I don't get to see you or speak to you as often as I'd like to, but that doesn't matter.  You always have a place in my heart and your spirit lives within me.  There have been countless times that I have called on that spirit to help me make a tough decision.  Your wisdom and support help me even when you're not there.  I plan in 2012 to work out my social butterfly wings so I hope you're ready! ;-)

3. My faith: This really should be #1 because this includes my faith in me, the most important part of my faith.  Because you have to believe in yourself in order to achieve anything in life; always remember that.  My faith in a  higher power is just as important and helps me realize the faith I have in myself and in the greater good. I've been able to consistently get what I need when I need it.  God is truly good and great to me. As the saying goes, always keep the faith!

4. My country and those that protect our way of life: Working down on Wall Street, I can say that I have been proud to see one of our greatest rights, the right of free speech and assembly, in action.  No matter what your views are about the Occupy Wall Street protesters, we all should be thankful for them reminding everyone in our country that we the people can organize and get our views heard.  That said, I wish they'd get a true agenda and use the power they've been blessed with to make some waves for the upcoming elections.  Change is definitely needed in this country, not only in the ways corporations are held accountable  for their business decisions, but also in politics and the ways politicians get elected, stay in office and the ways their votes/politics change based on outside influences.  To all of our troops across the world, I thank you and your families for keeping our imperfect way of life intact.  We all are forever grateful to you and hope that you all come home soon.

5. Water: Let us all be thankful for one of the most important natural resources that we take for granted.  Residents of Groesbeck, TX can tell you first hand how important water is since the town, home to about 4,000 residents, is in danger of running out of water by Christmas.  Let's always show thanks by conserving our own water, let's pray for rain for all residents of Texas and the end to a drought that could last for years (based on some reports), and let's challenge our politicians both local and national, to come up with plan Bs so that no town is facing the dilemma Groesbeck currently does.  Let's make water matter to us all.

Well, that's my two cents. Be thankful, be happy, and remember the little things that make our worlds go round this Thanksgiving!

Make it a great one!

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