Thursday, November 25, 2010

I Give Thanks - 2010 Edition

It's that time once again for this year's edition of I Give Thanks. While the year has been filled with challenges, as the song goes and as a dear friend said this week, "I'm Still Here."

I give thanks for . . .
  • the ability to get out of bed each morning, of my own will and strength
  • wisdom to understand the difference between what I must do and what I want to do; often I am truly blessed, for they are the same
  • family and friends and the support that they give me
  • a nation where I can enjoy many freedoms that others cannot
  • an online community of genealogy colleagues whose support is equal to none
  • the knowledge that I must let go of what is in my hands in order to receive the next gift 
  • the desire to play the entire keyboard that is life, not just the most common keys
  • a career in genealogy and family history, doing what I absolutely love
  • the responsibility and duty of caring for an aging parent
  • a sense of humor
  • a roof over my head and a meal on the table
  • the friends and loved ones who have passed on this year and what their lives meant to me
  • memories of what was and the hope for what may be
  • a universe that bends towards justice
I give thanks.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee


Miriam said...

Beautiful, Thomas. Misty-eyed here.

Donna Jane said...

Thank You, Thomas

Michelle Goodrum said...

Perfectly put!

Greta Koehl said...

Wonderful wisdom, beautifully stated.

Mavis said...

Wonderfully stated. I definitely had a few tears in my eyes as I read it.