(originally posted Nov.22, 2006)
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It’s all about family and friends and just being thankful for everything that we have. I don’t really care about the pilgrims and indians or any of that- for me it’s simply a time to take pause and remember our blessings.
Most holidays have become so commercialized they’ve taken on new meanings for people. I like all of the holidays, but Thanksgiving is just special.
Christmas becomes about the gifts and the tree, Easter is about the hunt or the dress or the basket of goodies, Halloween is about the costumes and decorations, New Year’s about the party, St Patrick’s about the bar, Valentines about the gift, The Fourth of July is about the fireworks, but Thanksgiving… it’s about the feast. The gathering of family and friends. Where we sit down together, watch a football game or play family games and experience life together, even if for only a little while.
I am thankful- This year more than ever. Here are a few things I am thankful for…
My huge family of beautiful, healthy children and the most wonderful wife imaginable. At the end of the day I get to come home to a full house and hear laughter, love and a lot of very annoying noises.
The rest of my family. Most people have fun stories about how disfunctional their families are, but I don’t have any drunk uncles, one-legged cats or abusive parents. My family is boringly perfect. I’m amazed and overwhelmed by the abundance I have been surrounded with my whole life.
Great friends. One of my greatest fortunes has been my ability to hang around the right people. Some of my closest friends have been in my life since we were kids. Some came into my life later, but I feel like I’ve known them forever- and their friendsip and loyalty is amazing.
I’m thankful to have my company. A company is all about people, and this one has good people doing good things. I’m excited for our future together. The experience of starting my own company. Having success, failure, pressure, excitement, anxiety, experience, passion, drive, vulnerability, and the craziness that comes along with a start-up is trying but worth it.
My teams- The Colts, the Utes and the Jazz. Sports give me a break from life and it’s always fun to cheer on your team as they’re kicking some butt.
Living in Utah, and the west, where there’s room to stretch your legs a bit and take road trips without traffic. I’m thankful for America and the freedom I enjoy. Being able to voice frustration about, and make fun of, our politicians and leaders- that alone makes this country pretty great.
I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual and I’m thankful for God and my life and the the air in my lungs. I’m thankful for this world and even though it’s getting smaller it’s still pretty darn big to me- I have a lot to see.
Some things off the top of my head that I am thankful for;
My home, Sundays, the rain, a good cup of coffee, karma, a margarita with nachos, Hana, Orion, comedies, the smell of fresh-baked bread, one-on-one conversations, hotel bars, enthusiasm, and those people who have helped me when I needed it most in my life- Ed, Dougan, Debbie- Thank you.
I hope you all have a fun and safe holiday with those you love. Cheers!