I am thankful.
I am very thankful I was born in a country where opportunity abounds. I am thankful was born to parents who thought I was a damn fine child. I am thankful I was taught how to behave and I was educated in good schools. I had nothing whatever to do with any of those things---I was just fortunate, while many in this world are not. Thank you, Lord.
I am thankful for my wife, who loves me and uplifts me in all I do. I am thankful for my children, who still care enough about me to call occasionally. I am thankful for my brother, who has been a great assistance to me. I am thankful for friends, who offer understanding and words of support.
I am thankful for the beauty of our world and the colors of the trees and skies and mountains and plains. I am thankful I had a grandfather who took me fishing as a child and allowed me to know the joys of experiencing nature and the thrill of a tug on the ole fishin' pole.
I am thankful for sports. I am thankful I could play baseball and football and basketball when I was young. I am thankful for the wonderful foods we eat and the huge diversity of flavors and aromas.
I am thankful for family pets like dogs and cats. I view them as ambassadors of God, sent to us to ease our stress and provide us with understanding and love.
I am thankful for those I encounter who offer a smile or words of encouragement in a trying time. I am thankful for a comfortable chair, a hot mug of coffee, a cool glass of wine, a warm fire. I am thankful for a guitar on a cold, dark and lonely night. There is no greater friend in time of need, other than Jesus.
I am thankful for God the Father and Jesus and the Holy Spirit, who have made my life possible. May God bless you all as He has me.