Once again the holiday season has found us, like it does each and every year. And I hope it has found you doing well.
I know it has been a tough year for many of us. The economy has been a force we have had to deal with, but it could have been worse. With an unemployment rate of over 16 percent, houses being foreclosed on daily and with the drug problems that fester in our county, it is hard to see how it could have been worse. But I am a firm believer that as long as we have breath, we have a chance for redemption, a chance for a better day.
In the past several days I have had the chance to reflect upon the good things that the Lord has provided for me. Sure, I could have focused on the negative things, but the good book tells us to praise God in all things. That goes for good and bad. Sure it is hard to sometimes be happy when we face a rough valley or a tough mountian climb. But when we reach the top and can see over the dark clouds of life, even for a short time, the climb is worth it.
As many of us sit down on this Thanksgiving Day to a great meal and family, friends and a joyous time, still many will not know the feeling of a full belly, good friends and family to share it with or even warmth this season. We have so much to be thankful for, because we could be far worse off than we are.
I am so thankful for the fact I have a roof over my head, clothes on back, shoes on my feet and food on my table. I am thankful for a good family, good health and good friends. My family inspires me to do what is right for their future, so thanks Christina and Whitney.
I am thankful for my co-workers, Sarah, who I would not be able to do half of what I do without her; Gwen, who is new, but works hard and is very helpful; and I have loved working with Dave, a friend and collegue who has been fun to work with.
My co-horts in Irvine are imoportant too and I am thankful to know them and work with then as well. I would be remiss if I did not say I was also thankful for working with Mary and I wish her and her family well. Plus all of the officers, politicians, coaches and others I have met and talked too this year.
A special shout out to Coach Faulkner and the girls for allowing me the chance to coach; and the parents of the softball league for givng me a chance to serve.
Thanks goes out to Robert Richardson who helps keep my vehicles running, my landlord who is as kind as anyone I know and to my boss, Teresa who believe in me, even when I may not be so sure myself.
A special thanks to those who encourage others. Also to my church youth group and my church family for being there.
I am thankful for the right to express myself, given to me by the fine men and women of he U.S. military. And I am thankful for you the readers of the Times for entrusting us to be a news source for you. I hope to never let you down and will try hard to never betray that trust.
I am thankful for parents who raised me the best way they could and instill in me to do the right things. And I am thankful for my entire family, every friend I have and every person I know,
I hope you can also find things to be thankful for, and then share your blessings with those around you. Because if we are truly thankful and blessed, I believe we need to share that with everyone, don’t you?
I’m just saying . . .