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