Giving thanks is important

Published 5:20pm Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Far too often we describe ourselves as cynical. We find ourselves overcome by the rushing of the holiday season and admittedly, forget to remember the “reason for the season.”

It is with this in mind, that I wanted to take time to remember the things I am most thankful for this season. And while the list of things I am thankful might be a little personal, I instead seek to focus on those things that we all share.

Sometimes I snicker when athletes, after having a big game, win a championship or reach a milestone, thank “my Lord and Savior.” And, with each snicker, I almost instantly feel guilty.

I think to myself, why wouldn’t I thank my Lord and Savior for every milestone in my life? Heck, why wouldn’t I do it for the small things in life, such as when the State Trooper obviously doesn’t have his radar on as I pass him on Alabama Highway 22?

Most mornings, I do thank God for the things in my life. In the past few years, I have married an amazing woman with a gorgeous daughter. In January, we welcomed a son, James Clayton, who is thankfully healthy and happy, and maybe a little spoiled.

I am by no means the strongest Christian, but I am blessed with the things in my life and for those I will always be thankful.

In a tough economy and a tough industry — I am thankful to be able to earn a living and fend for my family with a job that I honestly adore. Is it tough? Yes. Is it stressful at times? Yes. But there are days when everything goes right and the work we are able to produce has a positive impact on the lives of an individual or the community we so proudly serve.

While not as healthy as I should be — and those who saw my performance in the Integrity Worldwide 5K will know this — I am thankful to have my health to enjoy my family, to enjoy my friends.

While funny, it is no less truthful, that I am thankful for spell check. It is a piece of technology I would be miserable without. On the flip side, I am not so thankful for the autocorrect feature on my smartphone.

There is something about Thanksgiving that most people, I believe have let slip away. And that is the time with family that is so important during this time of year.

It is important that this holiday is one where we come together, put aside most differences and enjoy being in each other’s company.

While the food and drink are nice, for me, it is the sharing of stories, the catching up with relatives I haven’t seen since last year and the time not worrying about a deadline or the next project.

Happy Thanksgiving and as of Friday, you have my permission to officially start decorating for Christmas.

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