Giving Thanks 2013

Faithful readers now that this is the time of year in which I become very introspective, considering all that has happened in my life the past year; what I’ve learned, my successes, my failures, and most importantly thoughts about the road ahead. This year is no different, though perhaps a little different that what I would have envisioned just a few months ago.

But Thanksgiving Day is the perfect time to consider the What’s Next, because the life we have, in all its good and bad, is worth being thankful for. As someone who had a variety of illnesses and setbacks at a young age that could have led to my premature death, I’m thankful every day for the chance to wake up and once again Do Something.

I’m also thankful for the network of business colleagues, associates and friends who have been great advisors, confidants, supporters and critics. I can honestly say that I’m a better businessman and entreprenuer than I was a few years ago, and aspire every day to make them proud to be there for me.

My church has become even more of an anchor in my life; my heartfelt thanks for the pastoral staff, friends and congregation in general is so deep words can’t express how much they mean to me. I am committed to being much more involved and engaged than in the past, as an expression of how much I feel led to give back for having been given so much spiritual and emotional support.

It’s easy to think that family and relatives should assume my thankfulness, but that’s not the point. As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to appreciate sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles much more, taking the chance to converse with them much more importantly than years past. Because we all know that time goes so quickly. Family is definitely under rated, and I mean to change that. To each of you, Thank You for being family.

And my wife. My bride. For 20 years she has had a pretty thankless job being married to me, though I’ve tried with varying levels of success to reciprocate. Many can attest to the Difficult Nature of Chris, but only she has the inside scope, the veteran’s tales. While I love her with all my heart, where I’ve sometimes missed the mark is in telling her Thank You. Something she values so much more than baubbles or bouqets.

Thank You God, for another year. Is it really going by so quickly? For all I feel I have yet to do, time is not on my side. But I thank you for every waking moment of every day to express my thanks to you. I’m nowhere near perfect, but I really do strive to be. And I thank you for not holding against me the person I’ve not yet become.