giving thanks where thanks is due…

It was a fairly quiet, lazy day, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t go through the motions. Here are some highlights for 2005:

  • Of course, first and foremost – I’m thankful for health … that of my friends, family, and colleagues, but also my own as well. A year ago, you’d have been hard pressed to find me actually spending time at the local gym, but for a handful of reasons this year I finally decided to start taking it a little more seriously…and I’ve got to say that I feel much better for it.
  • I’m thankful that I work at a job that nine times out of ten I actually enjoy going to…not to mention the bonus that they’re willing to pay me considerably more than minimum wage to show up every day! I know that I’m very fortunate to work for a company that takes such an active role in the retirement planning of its employees, and am certainly greatful because otherwise I wouldn’t have a retirement plan at all right now!
  • I’m thankful for my creativity and sense of humor, and especially that now here in the final months of 2005, I’m finally being presented with opportunities to put these traits to good use once again. Sometimes you’ve got to just laugh, and if I have it my way, it won’t be long again before that phrase is synomonous with humor across the Internet…
  • I’m thankful that I know good people who are waiting to stand behind me when I need their help, support, or even just a little encouragement. More importantly, I’m glad that they respect me enough to let me take the risks that I do and stand behind me, even if they don’t understand why I’ve made the decisions that I’ve made.
  • I’m thankful for good friends, young and old, who know the importance of keeping in touch even when separated by miles upon miles of open country. I’m also happy for my friends who know that its never a bad time to pop their head in to say hello, even if only virtually…
  • I’m thankful that President Bush can’t get re-elected again and that so far, there really isn’t a strong republican candidate for him to start grooming for the job. I’m also thankful for the will-power that each and every one of us maintain on a daily basis because otherwise, that man would’ve gotten lynch-mobbed, like, five years ago…
  • I’m thankful for a wonderfully-talented little sister who will hopefully some day truly realize the potential behind her gifts. One of my largest bragging points this year has certainly been that we’ve started back up our comic together, so hopefully this time we’ll see it sky-rocket to new heights!
  • I’m thankful for a very special woman this year who taught me more about life, love and happiness in a mere four months than I’ve learned in years. Although we may not be together these days … for reasons unknown … she still inspires me to be the very best that I can be and I’ll never be able to thank her enough for that.
  • I’m thankful to live in a city that promotes diversity, and for a mayor who’s not afraid to stand up and tell her political colleagues when they’re being disrespectful idiots!
  • And finally, I’m most definitely thankful for this beautiful, tropical weather because I just couldn’t imagine ever shoveling snow again in my life! Today the computer said it was 18 degrees in Michigan, and 71 degrees in Tampa – you do the math… 😛

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