Showing gratitude is important!
Instead of applying my vast capacity to effectively bitch about shit, on the eve of my favorite holiday, I thought it would be fun to list all the things for which I’m truly grateful.
It’s actually an exercise I do on a regular basis so why not put it in print! Here we go! I’m grateful for:
1. My wife!
I’m still baffled there was at least one woman on the planet who actually wanted to marry me and she’s stuck by me for 26 years. Even I don’t want to have to deal with me for that long – and I’m me. And she’s always supported my writing despite some rather deleterious side effects.
2. My sons
Because I’ve generally worked at home, it’s been a real privilege to get to watch them grow into exemplary young men every single step of the way. I wouldn’t trade that long-term experience for any amount of cash.
3. Doing what I love
In light of all the folks who toil at gigs that only seem to beat them down, it’s a real privilege to be able do what I love every single day of my life. Whether it’s writing, giving voice to the voiceless, taking on the bullies, managing a great candidate’s campaign, advising the best of our public servants, or framing a message correctly, I love what I do. It doesn’t get much better than that!
4. Good health!
At the ripe old age of 59 I’m running better than I ever have, my asthma is a distant memory, I wear the same size pants I did on the day I married my lovely wife, and aside from some perceived mental issues (my readers tell me this), I’m doing alright for an old man.
Sure, I work at it, but I’ve managed to avoid cancer and all those other dire diseases that can befall anyone at any time.
My father said, “If you have one really good friend, you’re lucky.” I’ve been blessed with at least 15. To all those folks to whom I regularly speak, you make life far more meaningful (and bearable)! Considering my unique bearing and mien, it’s beyond cool to have a group of friends who truly accept me for who I am.
6. My support team
When it comes to Jeff Ward, it really does take a village. So, I’m particularly grateful for my attorneys, my law enforcement supporters, and all those political friends who regularly run the kind of interference that keeps the wolves at bay. I do prefer not being in prison!
7. This country
Say what you will about our compatriots’ often strange choices, though I’ve certainly suffered some fascinating consequences as a result of regular truth telling, there are a plethora of regimes that would lop my head clean off for that kind of thing. I do enjoy the First Amendment.
8. Financial stability
Whether it’s luck, a great brain, or simple perseverance, I’ve never had to worry about money, and that’s a great position to be in. Nothing is better than the capacity to make real choices.
While cats taste like chicken, I can’t imagine life without canine companionship. They’re better than most humans.
10. My readers and sources
There’s a reason I get so many stories first, and that wouldn’t matter if there was no one there to read them. As I like to say, let’s continue the conversation!
11. Life itself
For all the foibles and flaws of this often fascinating existence, it’s kinda fun to be here. After all, it turns out that the destination has always been the journey.
So, there you have it. On this Thanksgiving eve, these are the things I’m thankful for. Tomorrow, I’ll be thankful for turkey, tequila, pumpkin pie and naps. I hope yours is equally enjoyable.
No Friday Quick Hits
With my father-in-law in and that December 2 LSAT looming large, Quick Hits will be taking a Friday break. We’ll be back on Monday!