So Much to Be Thankful For

I originally wrote this piece in the summer of 2010.

In everyone’s life there are turning points and defining events that shape or reshape who we are and how we approach life. The past year, and most specifically the past five months, have been one of those defining periods in my life. The goStrommen Thankful Dock Imageod news is that we can determine how the defining moments in life will affect us. In my case, I see them as an opportunity for growth, reflection, change, and revitalization. Professionally, my website is a public banner statement of this revitalization to embrace life, honor heritage, and be thankful for legacy. I am committed to sharing this revitalization with those around me and using it in my approach to life and business.

One of my favorite vocalists is Josh Groban, a young tenor who calms my soul and revitalizes my emotions. I was given a CD entitled Noel and one of the songs in particular, “Thankful” touched me. Here are some of the lyrics:

by Josh Groban

Some days we forget
To look around us
Some days we can’t see
The joy that surrounds us
So caught up inside ourselves
We take when we should give.

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be.
And on this day we hope for
What we still can’t see.
It’s up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There’s so much to be thankful for.

The other day I was driving downtown along Washington Avenue and saw a middle-age mother and two children walking next to a man in a wheelchair. The man was powering his wheelchair by blowing in a tube and using his chin to steer. At that moment I was reminded that “There is so much to be thankful for!”


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