Mark Terry

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

T'Wouldn't Be Thanksgiving Without A Thankfulness Post, Now Would It, Dear?

November 26, 2008
Yes, I try to have an Attitude of Gratitude.

Every day I wake up, I'm grateful that I do, because the alternative... not so good.

I'm grateful for my kids. They've filled my life with something unexpected and wonderful. They draineth my wallet and my gas tank and shareth all their viruses and bacteria with me, thank thee oh lord!

I'm grateful for my wife. Guess I made a good decision all those years ago. Hopefully she thinks so, too.

I'm grateful for Frodo. I'm always grateful for Dogs, for they shall inherit the table scraps and any extra room in the bed, yeah, verily I say.

I'm grateful I get to write for a living, not just because I like to do it, but because it makes me happy. Also, because it opened up doors to a far better life. Not tied down to a 2-3 hour commute every day and squashing my writing obsessions into the evenings, it freed up time to go to the gym, to ride my bike, to run, to take guitar lessons, to study karate, to be the secretary of the band boosters, to spend time with my kids, to be their chauffeur and occasional chaperone. In many more ways than just writing, this has been the greatest blessing of becoming a freelance writer--it opened up my world and let me fill up my life with things I would never have had time to do otherwise.

I'm continually grateful for my good health. No shit, kemosabe, but the expression, "If you have your health, you have everything" isn't a joke or a cliche. It's a significant, core truth. You can have a full, rich life even with chronic illnesses, but it's a whole lot easier when you're healthier.

I'm grateful for this odd little community in the blogosphere. Really. All my friends I've never met who I wouldn't recognize if I walked past you on the street, but I know your voices, so thank you for sharing your lives with me here.

Happy Thanksgiving.



Blogger Erica Orloff said...

Well . . . we love ya, too!!

HAVE A GREAT DAY. Give Frodo lots of leftovers and scraps.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Kath Calarco said...

This is a repeat comment (via Erica Orloff blog): I'm grateful to have survived my past without regrets.

P.S. Well, doesn't it just make sense that today's word verification is "WHINESS"? They saw me coming.

Happy Thanksgiving - let the shopping blitz begin... NOT

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Blogger Zoe Winters said...

haha I'm a total ingrate because I've yet to do a thankful post. :D But I may do it tomorrow.

Great list! :D

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Blogger spyscribbler said...

Amen on health, especially for energy. Life is no picnic when you can't get out of bed.

DEFINITELY grateful for pets. They lend so much love to life. There's no trading it.

And the blogosphere is definitely high on the list. I love the community.

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Blogger Stephen Parrish said...

Thanks for all the good advice. I'm going to recycle it, sell it, and make you proud of the fortunes I reap from it.

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