What I'm thankful for this year.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

Debbie Reynolds has made a great challenge for us to share what we're thankful for this year. This is the first of my 12 Days of Thanks Giving 2017. 

Sharing what I'm thankful for in business is easy, but I'd rather go a different route in this first post. I'm the oldest surviving male in my family. That has been true for many years. I'm currently 61, but my reign started long ago. My dad died when I was 33, he was 56. Beyond that, I have no living uncles, grandparents or full-blood siblings. I was the end of the line until my sons came along.

You would think that would scare me, or even horrify me, and to a point, it did occupy my mind, but in the long run, it really made me more determined to change the pattern in my family. My dad was an incredibly strong person. I always felt a little wimpy in his presence. I've seen him lift the front end of a car off the ground more than once and I had no hope of doing the same, even though I was a body-builder when he was alive.

Sadly, muscular strength means nothing if your heart is weak. His heart blew up when I was 33, and he died instantly. That sent me on a path of cardio health that I have not deviated from. I was tested at a mid-west university in 2006 and my heart strength was off the chart for my age. For that, I am thankful.

I have done multiple metric-centuries on my bicycle in the Rockies, I've led 10-12 hour Spinning rides and I've ridden more miles on the road in a day than I can reminder. All of these things are routes to strong heart health and I plan to stay on them. I have a gym in my home, my second home and in my office. I have purposely taken away every objection to exercise in my life. 

I have a 3 year old granddaughter that I want to see grow up. That means I've got to stay in tip-top shape to be there. I am thankful for my health, though it could be better, it is continually getting better. 




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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

WE all have things to be thankful for all we need to do is stop and look around.

Nov 11, 2017 03:03 PM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That's really sad that you lost your father at such a young age, Mike.  This is a good time of year to consider the blessings we have in life.  It's been a busy, crazy year for me.  I haven't really taken the time to assess, but need to.

Nov 11, 2017 03:13 PM #2
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Thankful for my health and my love ones and relationships and some good business and everything else. Love and light!

Nov 11, 2017 10:34 PM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I lost my mother as well so I understand might I add. All blessings to you and best wishes for this holiday and every single day, Mike Cooper

Nov 11, 2017 10:35 PM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Mike.

My dad was 69 when he died.  He smoked at least three packs a day, sometimes more.  Anyway, I don't smoke as I quit about 30 years ago. My exercise is walking, I walk a lot each day.  I keep my weight down and plan on at least another 20 years of living each day to its fullest

Nov 12, 2017 05:03 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts in response to this challenge by Debbie Reynolds.

Nov 14, 2017 03:23 AM #6
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Mike Cooper,

Congratulations on your dedication to heart health

Nov 14, 2017 08:19 AM #7
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Good health is so important. Once it goes it is hard to get back. Keep up the good work.

Dec 01, 2017 07:37 PM #8
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