I figured today would be the appropriate day to think about all the things that I have to be thankful for, after all that's the reason behind the whole idea of a Thanksgiving holiday, well that and to sell a bunch of turkeys and cranberries which nobody used to eat except on Thanksgiving. And to give everyone a four-day weekend so they can take advantage of all the Black Friday sales going on. And last but not least to give a deadline to the few remaining stores that haven't had their Christmas decorations up since Halloween that its time to get on the stick and start reminding people to begin spending money on Christmas.
If you think I sound a bit cynical then you're very perceptive. I do tend to get that way particularly during the Holidays. You see one of the advantages of getting old is you don't have to read about the way things were... you were actually there. And my memories as a young boy were not that the holidays were totally about spending money. Yes gift giving was always a part of the Christmas holidays but I don't remember it being a contest of who could spend the most money on worthless junk.
Forgive me I know I swerved way off the path of what I wanted to talk about which is things that I give thanks for, which in no particular order are ....
My family--- I have a wonderful, loving, and supportive family that puts up with my many eccentricities and a rather odd choice of lifestyle.
My home--- the Arctic Fox always keeps me warm, dry and secure, even with the minimal maintenance that a lazy procrastinator like me manages to give her.
The great places I get to live--- no matter where I live, I'm always where I want to be. What could be greater than that.
Good health--- without that, nothing else matters. And I consider myself very fortunate that at 71 years old I don't take a single prescription drug.
Freedom--- probably the rarest thing for a person to have. How many people can spend all day, every day, doing just what they want to do, in a place they want to be.
Happiness... I'm very thankful for being happy. Happiness is even harder to achieve than freedom. it can't be sold, it can't be bought, and frequently cant even be found since were often looking for it in the wrong place. Truth is, no amount of money can buy happiness. Happiness is free to use and always with us, we just need to learn how to recognize it.
A great life--- if you put all of those things together that I'm thankful for, it adds up to a great life. A life that allows me to live as peaceful, stress-free and content as a person can reasonably expect to be.