What I Am Thankful For 2008

Posted on November 27, 2008. Filed under: Me and only ME ranting, Spiritual Musings | Tags: , , , |

What I Am Thankful for 2008

Many of us during the Thanksgiving Season stop to reflect on what we are thankful for.  Sometimes we share it with others; sometimes we keep it inside believing that some things are so personal that they should remain ever internal.  I’ve never made a list of what I am thankful for and when asked I usually rattle off the usual pleasantries, i.e. my family, God, my friends.  But this year I’d like to start a new tradition and list what I am actually thankful for. 

I am thankful for the re-burgeoning relationship I have with God.  After the years of depression I’m finally beginning to rekindle the fire that once engulfed me.  I’m thankful for the new ways in which God has led me to lead a more peaceful and simple life.  I’ve been introduced to some of the finer points of eastern philosophies and religions and found that many of their practices and beliefs are easily integrated into the Christian spiritual journey.  So along with Jesus, the Saints and the Church, I am thankful for Tao and the simple way of non-resistance. 

I am absolutely thankful for my wife.  No one has to put up with my BS like she does.  She is the cornerstone of my life and is the most dependable person I know.  She is like a mirror to me, showing me my good aspects as well as reflecting back to me my flaws – the things I need to work on – but always willing to work with me on fixing them.  She will always hold a special place in my heart for her patience and perseverance.   I’m grateful that she supports me in the endeavors I get excited about and is always willing to offer a hand to help.  She works tirelessly for the benefit and welfare of our children, for her schoolwork and for the program at church which she is a part of.  She isn’t always shown the appreciation that she deserves from others as well as by her own husband. 

I’m very grateful for my son Titus.  Watching him grow and become more of a little man every day fills me with joy and at times will even bring me with tears.  I’m thankful that he is entering that time in his life when he is beginning to understand the difference between right and wrong and as a matter of fact, he’s the first one to speak up when his daddy slips up and does something objectionable.  He is one of those joys in my life that keep my going when times are tough.  No matter how his day has gone, whenever he gets to see me for the first time that day, whether it be picking him up from Montessori or coming home from work, he comes running into my arms yelling, “Daddy!  I missed you so much!”

I’m thankful for the newest addition to our family, baby Guerin.  He’s a rolly-polly lump of unbounded happiness.  He is free with his smiles and is one of the most vocal babies I’ve ever seen.  When he smiles he sticks out his tongue, it’s the cutest thing you’ll ever see.  Sometimes he gets so happy you can tell he can’t contain it, so he scrunches up into a ball smiling the biggest smile you’ve ever seen.  I’m grateful that he was born this year without any complications and that he has been healthy (except an initial bout of jaundice) and there have been no major scares with him.  I can’t wait to see how he grows in the following year.

I’m thankful for past and present friends.  I’ve reconnected with so many old friends these past few years and I am glad to hear they are doing relatively well (read: at least they’re alive).  Joel, Jessica, Ashton, Neal, Holly, Joey, etc., I’m glad to have been able to reconnect with you as you all have made positive and lasting impacts on my life.  I will never forget you and I’m so glad to be able to talk with you again. 

Speaking of impacts on my life, I am thankful for the friends in my circle and new friends I’ve met.  Maurice, you will always be my friend and my closest confidant.  Thank you for everything you’ve done for me.  Lauren, Gerald, Ron, Ro & Eric, Jenn & Andy, Joe & Danielle, Fiona & Tom, the people I work with, you’re all lumped into the group of people I really like being around and I have benefited by having you in my life.  New friends:   Shawn Voss, Kelli Dunlap, Melinda Ledman, Sarah Lehman, Travis Williams, Mark Johnson, each one of you have at one time or another brought joy to my doorstep (although some of you have left a burning bag of joy on my doorstep).  I look forward to strengthening our relationship as I hold each one of you very dear and am glad you are now my friends. 

Lastly, I’d like to say that I am thankful for a year filled with triumph and failure.  I’ve succeeded at things I never thought I could have and failed at things and learned from them.  I’m grateful for the challenge that I was given that made me reexamine where I stood in relation to the person I thought I was, affecting a change in my life that I pray will grow through the coming years.  I’m thankful for the people who listen to me prattle on about things they don’t care about and I’m grateful for those who come to me for advice or information.  I guess you could say it’s a little bit of ego-stroking but hey, I’m thankful for it!  I’m thankful that I am no longer suffering from massive depression and I am able to get on with my life.  I’m thankful for all the little joys that are brought to me everyday by those I care about. 

That being said, thanks for reading this and have a Happy Thanksgiving!


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4 Responses to “What I Am Thankful For 2008”

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Happy Thanksgiving to you, Rob!
Glad to know you accept yourself as a lucky man.

It is good to have one day in a year designated for the expression of gratefulness. We do not have one here in Malaysia. So wise of Abraham Lincoln!

The world would be less chaotic, it would be a more peaceful place if each one of us has the awareness in him that there are plenty for which he should be thankful for.

To remind myself of my good fortune, I have drawn up a list for my daily expression of giving thanks.


Thank you so much for the comment and your blog post on gratefulness was awesome. People all over are pretty much thankful for the same thing. I think this goes to show that around the world we are much more alike than we are different. It’s simply that the differences become so punctuated by misunderstanding and intolerance that we lose sight that we all wish for peace. Thank you again!

Why’d you have to be thankful for me? Why?! Do you know what kind of pressure that brings? Oh man, now I have to blog and be gracious and… and… =)))

It was lovely meeting you and making friends as well. Say hi to your beautiful wife and hug your kids–before they’re covered in turkey grease =)

Thank you.

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