By Jamie Kirk

 

Given we are knee-deep in summer and distractions are aplenty, I thought it would be a good time to pause and list 20 things we should be thankful for. Every single one may not apply to you, but I just thought the list could focus us for at least four minutes before our next skinny-dip in the pool!

 

Be Thankful…

 

… for the folks in our life that are making us better.

 

… for our mental and spiritual health.

 

… for our family and friends, both near and far.

 

… for our employment or ability to attend school.

 

… for the gift of insight.

 

… for our strength (and I just don’t mean physical).

 

… for transportation to & fro.

 

… for our ability to read and write.

 

… to the people that said “no” in our lives.

 

… to the people that said “yes” in our lives.

 

… for all five faculties of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell.

 

… for people in our lives that motivate and uplift us.

 

… for the people that give us unwanted but needed feedback.

 

… for our mates, partners, wives, husbands that love us when we are unlovable.

 

… for this publication and the team that makes it happen week after week.

 

… for our democracy (just humor me).

 

… that with age comes wisdom.

 

… that you have survived everything that tried to kill you.

 

… for your past.

 

But most of all be thankful for this moment because, in a split second, your life could change forever.