How’s it going? No, I am not just saying, “Hello”…. For real, how are things going in your life?
I am so busy right now that I can’t see straight, but life is great and I am blessed far beyond what I deserve. I just ate some very delicious egg-rolls and all is right in the world. How about you?
Does this little economic down-turn have you concerned or even… unemployed? Or maybe one of thousands of other things has got you down? Don’t let it. You still have a lot to be thankful for. The very fact that you are sad about something indicates that you are alive, and that beats the alternative. Right? No? Okay, but even if the alternative is sounding pretty attractive, just think, in a few years it will be yours. In the mean-time enjoy life and count your blessings. Name them one by one.
I am thrilled and delighted that so many of my readers are from outside the US, but today and tomorrow you will just have to play along. In the US, tomorrow is one of the biggest holidays on our calender, Thanksgiving. To celebrate the occasion, I am doing a group-writing project where I encourage all my friends, enemies, and anyone else that wants to join-in to list seven things that they are thankful for. For more details, click here.
Last year, I listed several people/families that I was thankful for. This year I am just going to mention that those particular people are still at the top of my list and then I am going to list seven new things / groups of people.
Here they are in no particular order.
Seven Things I am Thankful for This Year
The Hruzek Tribe – I hate admit this, but I am not sure when I first stopped by the Middle Zone and met Robert Hruzek, but I have to say it was one of the best things that happened to me this year. Robert has surrounded himself with a group of very active, friendly and witty writers and others who hold the written word in high esteem. This tribe, which I now proudly call my own, love to write and write quite well.
And the thing I like most, is that they comment! Sure, it is cool to see thousands of people coming from around the world to see what you have to say, but it is so much more exciting to be able to talk to them. Thanks tribe! You have made this blog a thousand times more fun.
Open source software – Ever found a computer program that will do almost all that you want it to do, but there is just that one thing that makes it so hard to use? Okay, probably not, but it happens to me all the time. WordPress is great but there a couple of things that would really get under my skin if I could not change them.
The good news is that WordPress is open-source, so I can change any part of it I do not like. Even no programmers get to participate a lot more in the development of open source projects. Other great open source applications include Firefox, OpenOffice, and Linux.
Apple Computers – When it comes to software, give me options or give me death. With hardware, I am the complete opposite. I want a machine I can count on to just work. You can’t have any fun experimenting with software if you are constantly fighting with hardware. Some people like that stuff, but not me.
Call me a fruit cake, but I am thankful that Steve Jobs and friends decided to make a better computer, and I am glad that I get to partake of the fruits of their labor.
Rhode Island & Boston – RI is a beautiful state. I love the beaches in the summer, an actual for-real fall and spring, and in the winter… snow!
I have also fallen in love with the nearest real city, Boston. It is loaded with history and is one of the cleanest cities I have seen. And that’s not to mention all the other cool spots around New England. I am absolutely loving it here.
Sunrises and Sunsets – When I think of my favorite things, sunrises and sunsets outshine them all. 🙂 The colors are simply amazing! And they are always different.
Variety is more than just the spice of life for me. I thrive on variety. That little bit of new each day keeps me sane. (well more sane than I would otherwise be anyway… hey, be nice)
Xu Wenli and Xintong – Xu Wenli spent 16 years in prison for trying to bring freedom to his fellow Chinese. He and his wife are now in the US and we are working together to help thousands of people who have been denied the opportunity to even speak about what they believe to be important. I am so thankful for Mr. Xu’s willingness to endure prison, for Xintong’s patient waiting for him to be released and that he was realeased and they were allowed to come here to the US.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) – I can’t believe I am saying this but I am also thankful for the CCP. Sure, they have some serious problems, but you know what, they really are trying to help the people of China… at least most of them are.
Hopefully over time we will be able to teach them better ways to help with having to be so repressive, and maybe eventually we can eliminate corruption, but for now I am just thankful that at least some of them really do care about helping their neighbors.
What are you thankful for this year?
Well, I have nearly missed my own dead-line. It is a good thing I like myself so well. And guess what! I like you too, so if you still have not made your list, there is still time. I will be adding new people thoughout the day tomorrow. So as soon as you get your list posted let me know.