Why should I be thankful?
My 401k is worth the same as it was in 2001 and I have no prospects of retiring before my kids reach retirement age. I really don't want to open the envelope when the statement comes in the mail at the end of each month.
I'd like to replace the cars, some of the furniture in my house, the windows that have lost their seals and the carpet that is frayed badly. But with a kid in college still, those will have to wait.
And I'm supposed to be thankful?
But then I have been pretty busy lately. 2010 was my best year since I started REATA and 2011 will be a close 2nd. I wish I didn't have to work so hard though. When I was in the corporate world I didn't have to put in as many hours as in my own business.
But I sure don't miss being on an airplane every couple of weeks and missing my kids' games and activities. Now I get to sleep at home every night and don't even have to fight traffic since my office is only two miles from the house. Getting laid off means you lose all your income, but now if a deal dies, there are other deals in the pipeline. Maybe there's more security by working for myself after all.
It sure makes for a better home life. My business life and social life are so blurred I can't tell where one stops and the other starts and I kind of like that. With Jan being in business again, we get to go to lots of business events together.
And then there's Toots who is more excited when I get home than I can believe anyone could be. She is our 5-pound Pointer mix SPCA surprise that turned into a 55-pound Pit Bull/Pointer mix. I wouldn't trade her for any other dog now, of course. Our morning runs wear me out, but are apparently just a warm-up for her because she brings the tennis ball to play as soon as we walk in the door.
Now that I think about it, I've got so much to be thankful and so many people that care about me. And I haven't even mentioned that my parents and my in-laws are all still living and married to each other and living only an hour away, that I have plenty of food to eat, that I have a home to go to every day, and that I was wanted so badly that someone was willing to die to be sure I could spend eternity with Him.
Happy Thanksgiving. I bet yours will be as good as mine...if you just think about it for a minute.
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