For What Am I Thankful?

It’s Thanksgiving Day and I’m at an airport. I’ve been up since 2:45a local time. I am traveling for work. But I am not complaining because I love doing what I do. I love the impact that I’m making through business. And I have wanderlust, so I love any chance I have to get in a car or on a plane.

For many years, my brother and sisters have compared me to Nicholas Cage’s character in the movie from 2000 called The Family Man: a hard-charging business man that works all of the time. Early in the film, he is given a glimpse of what could have been…a life that he chose not to pursue.

I have recently been given a glimpse of what life could have been like. And like Cage’s character, I am making changes and exploring opportunities that I likely would not have chosen to explore before.

All of this has led me to Thanksgiving Day and, like a lot of people do during this time of year, I am thinking about why I am thankful this year. Here’s my list that I can share publicly:

  1. That Jesus died for me. (It’s a cliche, yes, but it is what I am most thankful for)
  2. For Family members that are better than friends
  3. Knowing that I have a few friends that have my back, no matter the circumstances
  4. My parents and the love that they give to those in need
  5. Hard times so I can appreciate the good times better
  6. My kids – who they are and who they are yet to become
  7. Airplanes
  8. iPads and iPhones
  9. Music that expresses thoughts and feelings that I cannot fully express without it
  10. Capitalism
  11. Freedom (to live life as I see fit, but more importantly, from sin)
  12. Liberty
  13. Free markets
  14. God-inspired ideas, and super-human like abilities to focus and execute those ideas
  15. That I was born and have lived in the greatest time to be alive in the history of the world
  16. Technology that allows humans to communicate in ways previously unavailable (the internet, smart phones, FaceTime)
  17. Glimpses and New Beginnings

On this Thanksgiving Day, I hope you are with those you love or are doing something that you love to do.

For Impact and Profit,




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