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Thankful 2021

by Adam Zack — November 24, 2021

Learning that expectations are judgments and are based in the past and render me blind to the present.

20 months into a pandemic and I’m still thankful every single day. For the blessings, the challenges, the successes and the failures. The stresses, the a-holes, the worry and the uncertainty. There’s a gift in every interaction, and something learned from everything that I screw up and the ones I do right. Thanksgiving Day is one to especially reflect on how truly great we have it in America (and Canada, for you Canucks reading along, you had your day in October). How lucky we are that we can sit down at our computer or look at our emails on our phone and our biggest worry is that our battery might run out of charge soon or your operating system needs an update. We have it good. So as I look forward to Thanksgiving Day with family, friends, food, wine and football, here are 10 things I am especially Thankful for this year.

  1. I continually strive to be a better listener, and have got past the point of being pissed when the person I am talking to doesn’t.
  2. You can’t take electronics into a hyperbaric chamber, which gives me a reason be nostalgic and read a hardback book instead of my Kindle.
  3. America has the most interesting, highest quality and widest selection of food in the world and I can access it so easily.
  4. That I have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives and the insight to know it when it presents itself.
  5. Sunday is the best night of the week to have Pizza night. Friday is second.
  6. Learning that expectations are judgments and are based in the past and render me blind to the present.
  7. It’s much harder to hang on to the stone of a grudge than to simply fling it away.
  8. Laughter really is the best medicine.
  9. Stereotypes very often are the product of some past reality.
  10. Love completes my life. My wife, my daughters, my family, my co-workers, my lifelong friends. They make everything better, every day.

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