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I am Thankful

I am Thankful

By: Steve Erickson

As we enter the Thanksgiving holiday season, I am reminded of all the things I am thankful for.

I am thankful for having a loving and supporting family that gives meaning to my life. To the best wife a husband could hope for; to my children who make me proud for all the good they want to do for the world; to my grandchildren who are the joy of my life; to my parents who worked so hard through example to mold who I am; and to the rest of my family (including two sisters, countless aunts and uncles, and 42 first cousins!), all of whom nurtured me growing up.

I am thankful for my good health. Although I could stand to shed a few pounds to improve my chances for a longer life, and in spite of the aches in my joints that come with getting older, I realize I am in a much healthier place than so many people.

I am thankful for living in a country that gives me the freedom to pursue my livelihood and my life the way I want to pursue them, and that allows me to express my opinions without fear of punishment. There are a lot of ways we can improve, but when I see the levels of oppression and suppression that happen in countries around the world, I am grateful to live in a country that allows its citizens to advocate for better ways.

I am thankful to work at Access Sciences, a company founded by a visionary and peopled with employees who care for the work they do, care for their clients, care for each other, and constantly stimulate me to stretch my mind. I spend at least as much time with my fellow employees as I do with my family, and it’s a joy to come to work each day to be in the presence of such fantastic people.

I am thankful for the thousands of friends and business connections I have. I get energy from being around people with so many different backgrounds, experiences, skills, and opinions. Their excitement makes me excited.

It’s easy these days to get upset, angry, fretful, or worried about the things we see happening around us, personally and in the broader sense. Life isn’t perfect, and we seem more polarized than ever about what’s happening to the world and what should be done about it. And it’s right to desire and to work for a better place.

But in all this, we shouldn’t lose sight of the good around us, and the things we should be thankful for.v