Happy Thanksgiving! I hope this message finds you at home enjoying a relaxing weekend with your family. Here’s a picture I took last weekend of my family at the Mayflower exhibit in Plymouth, MA. It was extra special to visit Plymouth Plantation and the Mayflower the weekend before Thanksgiving. We had a memorable time.
Today’s post is about gratitude. Too often, my focus and attention is on the future. “What goals do I want to accomplish?” “Am I on the right track to achieve them?” “I just achieved that goal, what’s next?” These questions occupy my mind constantly.
Today I’m going to focus on what I already have by reflecting on and sharing what I’m thankful for. I’ve listed “33” things because I turned 33 last week.
I did have some fun with this and some of the items are light-hearted. Never-the-less, I’m thankful for all of them. Here you go (in no particular order):
I’m thankful for:
- My wife Michelle
- My daughters Emerson and Kennedy
- My good health
- My parents and their unconditional love
- My sister Lindsay, her husband Brad, and their son Evan
- My grandmother who turned 91 this week
- My other grandmother who is 78
- Michelle’s family members who have made me feel at home in New England
- My job and health insurance
- My house
- The freedom to pursue my passion and become anything I want
- College basketball season
- Our military and service-members
- My reliable car that gets me around
- My education
- My friends
- My writing coach Ray
- All of the wonderful birthday wishes I received last week
- The technology that enables us to connect
- The ability to read and write
- Coffee (Dunkin’ Donuts!)
- My church
- The sushi place I go to for lunch (I’m especially thankful for the Volcano roll)
- The Grilled Tilapia Burrito @ Cilantro Mexican Grill (another lunch favorite)
- Mad Elf Ale
- The entrepreneurs who inspire me daily, especially Pat Flynn and Chris Guillebeau
- The ocean
- The Chesapeake and Narragansett Bays
- Maryland Blue Crabs
- The ability to come home every night to be with my family
- You taking the time to read this
After completing this exercise I realized I have a lot to be thankful for. Sure, I would love a bigger TV, a new car, or new kitchen cabinets; but today I’m going to enjoy what I have and the people who I can share it with.
What are you thankful for?
I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Scott Mackes is a leader and founder of the blog Margin of Excellence. A U.S. Navy veteran and graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Scott’s mission is to help others lead remarkable journeys. Connect with Scott on facebook and twitter.