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Important to remember thankfulness

This past Thursday, friends and families gathered throughout the country to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. In many cases, millions started their feast going around the room or table and spoke about the things they are thankful for.

All through November, I have seen many friends on Facebook posting each day about the things they are thankful for. That got me thinking about all the things that I am thankful for in my life. But, it definitely wasn’t quite as easy as it sounds.

Many times, I know that my brain is thinking about what seems like a thousand things each day from the time I wake up in the morning until the time I go to bed.

So, it definitely wasn’t quite as easy as it sounds. While we think about a variety of things, sitting down and writing or typing out those thoughts can be difficult.

Some of the things on my list can be viewed as quite simple and universal, it was important for me to put them on my list that I can get out throughout the year as a reminder.

So here is what I came up with:

I am thankful for my faith in God and the blessings he gives me each day that I am alive although in many cases I don’t deserve them.

I am thankful for all of my family who are always there for me.

I am thankful for my wife and daughter who love me unconditionally and have always been behind me.

I am thankful for my parents who taught me morals and raised me to be the person I am today.

I am thankful for all the coaches and teammates I have had through the years who taught me many valuable lessons I still use today.

I am thankful for all the teachers I had during my school years, as I was able to learn many things not only about academics but life situations as well.

I am thankful for all those in our Armed Forces, law enforcement and emergency agencies along with their families for the sacrifices they have made. This includes both active and retired personnel who have not only fought for our freedom to become the United States of America, but who continue to serve to defend those freedoms we hold dear with working to keep us safe each day.

I am thankful for the great region I have lived in all my life. It is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.

I am thankful for all those with whom I have worked and helped me get to where I am today.

I am thankful for the community spirit we have throughout Lawrence County and all those who work each day to help others and the willingness to put the needs of others first.

I am thankful for the ability to be involved in the community.

I am thankful for the opportunities I have had to work with our young people through coaching and passing on all the lessons I have learned over the years, not only relating to the particular sport, but about life as well.

I am thankful for my softball family, both players and parents, with whom I spend a good majority of my free time throughout the year.

While there may be some things I have overlooked, or some of these may be viewed as corny, as you can see I have many things I am fortunate to be thankful for. I would encourage anyone who hasn’t taken the time to sit down and make a list of things to be thankful for to do so.

It can be a real eye opener.

 

Josh Morrison is the general manager at The Tribune. To reach him, call 740-532-1441 ext. 16 or by email at josh.morrison@irontontribune.com.