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    Nov212007

    Counting My Blessings

    For a while now I've had this thing where I thought that odd numbered years were better years than even numbered years.  I'm funny like turkey.jpgthat, in an obsessive-compulsive sort of way.  So after a pretty crummy 2006, I was psyched up for a kick-ass 2007, especially since my birthday horoscope said things would really be looking up after August! Well here it is, November, and it's time to take inventory. Let's see:

    1. My favorite baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles, fired their manager in mid-season and finished 27 games out of first place.
    2. My favorite football team, the Miami Dolphins, are 0-10, haven't won a game in 13 tries, and are counting on a drug addict running back to rescue them.
    3. My favorite college football team, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, are 1-9 and a complete embarassment under head coach Charlie Weis.
    4. My favorite hockey team, the Hartford Whalers, haven't played a game in a decade.

    OK, so much for sports. How about my personal life? Let's see...

    1. I'm still paying the Christams bills from last year.
    2. I'm barely making ends meet and the water is lapping against my lower lip.
    3. I put my MA degree on hold and I'm still trying to finish my summer coursework.
    4. I lost my bid for election with the union and my safety rep position is heading toward a brick wall.
    5. Our union is staring at a strike within the next week and a half.
    6. I'm starting to get gray hair.

    And like mostly everyone else, I'm worried about rising gas/oil/electric prices, corporate greed and global warming, asteroids screaming toward the planet Earth from somewhere in outer space, and the fact that Iran and Venezuela are trying to build nuclear weapons.  But today is Thanksgiving, and while sometimes it's hard to think of things to be thankful for, that's what makes it all that much more important. So here I go:

    1. I have a loving wife and a roof over my head.
    2. I am in seemingly good health, even if I am heavily medicated.
    3. I'm certainly not starving.
    4. Nobody is shooting at me today.
    5. I have a pretty good job and am able to attend college.
    6. I live in the greatest country in the world.

    And while these things are pretty basic, the truth is there are millions of people in the world who cannot claim all of these things for themselves. Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks to what we have, but it really is a holiday of perspective. It's an opportunity to take a step back from all of the day-to-day stuff that wears us down and reflect on the goodness and blessings that are truly ours.

    Happy Thanksgiving! Now go stuff your face and watch some football !!!

     

     

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      Excellent page, Preserve the great job. With thanks!

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    I haven't dropped by in a while, but I'm glad to see you're still blogging!

    Even though the bad things can be overwhelming, it seems like you've got a good grasp on the important things. Happy Thanksgiving! Here's to a great year ahead...
    Dec 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSara

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