Hello fellow followers;
First and foremost I am thankful for my parents. A loving Father and a strong influential Mother. Four brothers who I am close to-- all of which are healthy, have kids and are each doing well.
We grew up in Simi Valley California which, at the time, was a "bedroom" community of suburban families. During the 1960's I had the opportunity to know many families in our Catholic church who shaped our lives in positive ways. So, I am very thankful for growing up where I did, the way I did. The Catholic church gave me a great religious background that grounded me throughout my life.
I am thankful for two strong daughters, college graduates-debt free (my ex and I put them through all expenses paid) who both have great careers and bright futures. And also my ex and her husband, who I am close to and get along with very well-I am there for them if they need me and they have been there for me (like when my mother passed) when I needed them, many times actually.
I am thankful for my roommates, some who have come and gone, who look after my home when I am away trucking. Who also are my friends that I can bounce my troubles off of and vise versa.
I am thankful for my nieces and nephews who I am close to and who inspire me.
I am thankful for a challenging workplace that keeps me on my toes and provides for me a good amount of adversity so that I am growing, maturing.
I am thankful for a life that keeps bringing me difficulties to confront, that keeps putting people in my path that give me answers to prayers, opportunities to bring forth fruits of the spirit, however small or seemingly insignificant.
I am thankful where I am spiritually, that I have this and other communities that can minister to me, what I need when I need it.
I am thankful for the many people who come into my life, some who come and go to serve a temporary purpose, some who are there to stay for long spells, some who have left me on less that positive terms. Because regardless of the outcome at the time, looking back, I have even my so called enemies to thank for making me stronger today.
I am thankful to be here on this backward planet because I believe it is a place of tremendous growth and I can feel it has been that way for me and those who I have known.
That is most of what I am grateful for and in particular I am grateful to God for life, no matter how bad at times I know I have God there as my comfort when life gets hellish.
Thanks for letting me share