What I'm thankful for today, part 1.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

Thanksgiving me is my favorite holiday throughout the year. It's that one time of the year where most of us take a little time to reflect on what we're thankful for. Wouldn't it be a great if we did that daily, weekly, monthly throughout the year? There is much to be thankful for in life.

This Fall, I had my 45th high school reunion. I joked that it was fun, but there were a bunch of old people there. Well, I was one of them, but I don't feel old. Many of our classmates have left this world for another one. Many couldn't make the reunion because of health issues. Ironically, this was the most populated reunion in 45 years. I think my classmates are beginning to feel a sense of their own mortality. 

For me, I'm thankful for good health. It's an interesting thing to me. I had a heart attack at 32 and a stroke in my 40s. Yet today, I feel stronger and healthier than I have in decades. I don't always eat the best or exercise enough, but part of being healthy is what goes on in your head. Physical exercise is critical, and a good diet of the right foods is very important, but if your head is not in the game, you have crippled your ability to achieve the ultimate results.

We had a young man at our house this week who feels like he has a terminal disease. He has been to the doctor numerous times to confirm Dr. Google's diagnosis, but each time, he has come back with disappointing results. Those results? You're not sick. You see, he has so convinced himself that he has a debilitating disease that he will ultimately end up sick. His head is in the game, but it's on the wrong side. 

I plan to continue in good health and fully engaged in the game of life. I have no plans to accept anything else. I'm sure not going to surrender my good health to my fork, my chair or my mind. This year, I'm thankful for good health, a right mindset and a commitment to end this journey on my terms. 


This blog is entry 1 of the Thankfulness challenge. 


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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely gratitude post!  Like you we love Thanksgiving, it is our favorite holiday of the year.  For us, everything thing else pales in comparison.  Wishing you continued good health and success.  Happy Sunday!

Nov 10, 2019 07:19 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Mike - you are an example of living life to its fullest. On a side note:  I have never yet attended a class reunion of any kind as a former graduate. 

Nov 10, 2019 08:07 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Mike Cooper, GRI - it really does affect the body when your mind tells you that you are sick.

Nov 10, 2019 09:45 AM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays also.  Even thought it totally wipes me out preparing and cooking for my huge family.  And, good health is always a prime reason to be grateful.  

Nov 10, 2019 02:19 PM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Mike.

As of today I have outlived both my parents age when they passed.  I feel great

Nov 11, 2019 12:38 AM #5
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I wish for you to have that continued good health.  I most recently had my 35th reunion and most of us are still around.  We lost our first classmate just before our 10th reunion.  I love Thanksgiving too, for many reasons and agree it would be great if we all had an attitude of gratitude all year.

Nov 11, 2019 08:55 PM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Mike, Like you Thanksgiving is my favorite Holidays too and I hate it how it is being pushed down on the scale. I intentionally do not comment on any posts that mention other holidays like Christmas before the Thanksgiving weekend is up...Endre

Nov 11, 2019 10:18 PM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Mike- I too love Thanksgiving more than the other holidays. Maybe it's because no matter what, the vast majority of us can find many things to be thankful for. I turned 70 this year and I still have to stop and remind myself of that. Otherwise I feel just as I did at 50. 

Nov 16, 2019 11:39 AM #8
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I used to think that only older folks talked about being grateful for their health. Not so true anymore.  :)

Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving 

Nov 26, 2019 06:55 PM #9
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