Happy Thanksgiving 2020 - I am grateful!

Real Estate Agent with Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info DB-17066

To say this has been an interesting year would be a MASSIVE understatement.  I could dwell on plenty of negatives this year, but I choose to be grateful!

I am grateful for:

  • My family.  I am blessed with a great family, 3 wonderful sons each with a beautiful bride.  They have blessed me with three amazing grand daughters and a grand son on the way. I am proud of each of my sons and who they have become!
  • Traveling the world. I am blessed to have lived in many of the United States and in a number of different countries. Living in countries like Vietnam during the war, Korea and Iran makes me appreciate what we have here in the United States and assures me that I will never feel "entitled" to anything.
  • A diverse education. I started kindergarten in Saigon during the Vietnam War and I was part of the last graduating class of Tehran American School in Iran in December 1978 during the over-through of the Shah (king/emperor). I am grateful that I went to Boise State University, not only for the education, but this is where I met my wife.
  • That I am an American. Until you visit or live in a foreign country, I don't think you can truly appreciate this.  I think that is why so many immigrants do so well after moving here since they realize the opportunities we have and make the most of them.  I have friends in different countries hoping they could move here.  I know "dreamers" that are here illegally always concerned they might be deported.  I am glad that this is my home and am proud to be an American.
  • My friends.  My friends are not all like me, and for that I am grateful.  They don't have the same political, religious, or sexual beliefs, but the ones that can discuss these differences without arguing are great friends indeed. I don't want Confirmation Bias, I appreciate my friends when they explain a different perspective.  I may not always change my mind, but it does keep me humble and empathetic to their beliefs.
  • My dog.  Even though my dog is locked in a house all alone when I am not home and gets fed the exact same meal (dog food) every day, she greets me at the door when I come home with her tail wagging glad to see me.  I wish more humans learned how to be grateful from a dog.  I know I have.
  • My lifestyle.  I am grateful that I don't believe I will have better friends if I lived in a fancier house, drove better cars, or wore designer clothes.  I am not driven by ego or greed.  I may not have much, but what I have is paid for and for this I am grateful.
  • Modern Medicine.  Instead of being mad during this pandemic that we don't yet have a cure for Covid-19, I am grateful we are extremely close to having three different vaccines available.  I am glad I can put on my glasses and instantly have improved vision.  I am grateful for the advances in cancer research as my wife was CURED of Stage IV Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  Instead of being negative that she later was diagnosed with Stage IV Carcinosarcoma (two simultaneous uterine cancers), I am blessed that she was able to live better and longer than projected thanks to her medical team and the medicines she took along her journey.
  • Smart People.  I enjoy good intellectual conversation (not arguments) with people way smarter than me.  They force me to expand my knowledge which makes me a better person.
  • Music.  Like many of us, I have spent more time alone than ever this year.  During those times, music has been my roommate.  I have listened to and thought about the lyrics.  I have reminisced about my past listening to songs from my youth.  I listen to love songs I used to play for my wife.  I listen to her favorite songs to remind me of her. Even though I haven't been to single live concert this year, I have listened to more music and that comforts me.
  • Humor.  When I get stressed, my release is humor.  Many people may not care for my style of humor since my mind is straight and narrow and not very deep (aka in the gutter) but that is OK.  I learned years ago during the Special Olympics World Winter Games here in Idaho in 2009 from Edward (Eddie) Barbanell (played Billy in the movie The Ringer) the importance of laughing with people not at them!

I am blessed to have gotten to know Eddie and am pleased to have written some of his speaches that he has given.  My favorite one was "What is Normal Anyway" (the average of the extremes).

I am a firm believer in the saying "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!"  (I admit this year, I might have added a bit of additives from the liquor store to my lemonade.)


Happy Thanksgiving and remember . . .  Be Grateful!


Comments (16)

Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours Jim Paulson enjoy this beautiful day!

Nov 26, 2020 01:36 PM
Jim Paulson

Thank you Abby Stiller My friend Eddie lives about two hours east of you in Coral Springs. :)

Nov 27, 2020 08:29 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Jim!  Happy Thanksgiving!  What a fantastic and personal post you've written. Your thankfullness shines brightly. You know what matters and seems like you're enjoying your life.  Gobble Gobble!

Nov 26, 2020 01:47 PM
Jim Paulson

Thanks Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker  I have enjoyed reconnecting with people like you on Zoom this year.  Not as good as meeting up in person like we did many years ago, but still a blessing.

Nov 27, 2020 08:31 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

The zoom meetings are a blessing indeed Jim!

Nov 27, 2020 10:06 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Well done . We really do have much to be grateful for !!!! Have a great

Nov 26, 2020 02:07 PM
Jim Paulson

Thank you. You have to look for the silver lining sometimes but it is there.

Nov 27, 2020 08:58 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi there, I sure like your perspective. You are well-rounded and well-grounded person. Happy Thanksgiving.  

Nov 26, 2020 02:21 PM
Jim Paulson

Thanks for chiming in.  I like your slogan "Nature as Neighbors". :)

Nov 27, 2020 08:59 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jim Paulson I hope you and your family had a very enjoyable and blessed Thanksgiving!!!

Nov 26, 2020 03:25 PM
Jim Paulson

Thanks George Souto I like being able to "see" you on Zoom.  Hope the remainder of your year is exceptional.

Nov 27, 2020 09:01 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Jim,  Thank you and wishing you and your family many more blessings to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day.

Nov 26, 2020 09:08 PM
Jim Paulson

I appreciate that Bob Crane Thanks for all you do here on Active Rain.

Nov 27, 2020 09:01 AM
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Howdy Jim, I can relate to many thankful sentences you posted. Thanks for sharing have a safe November 2020. I to enjoy our dogs, smart people and humor.

Nov 27, 2020 01:57 AM
Jim Paulson

I am not LDS (Mormon) but many of my friends are.  They have been posting what they are grateful for on Facebook and sometimes we have to stop and think about it, but there is lots to be appreciative for.

Nov 27, 2020 09:03 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a fantastic post. I am thankful for many of the same things.
I hope your Thanksgiving was amazing.

Nov 27, 2020 05:45 AM
Jim Paulson

Thank you Kat Palmiotti I got to spend time with my youngest grand daughter so it was wonderful.  Reading your domain name and slogan, I hope the rest of your year is purrr-fect.

Nov 27, 2020 09:05 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Jim- I loved your post and very sorry I couldn't wish you Happy Thanksgiving yesterday!!!   I am forever grateful that all of my grandparents found their way to the United States so that my parents could be born here!  

Nov 27, 2020 02:24 PM
Jim Paulson

Thank your parents and grandparents for me. I would like to be one of the first to wish you a Merry Christmas 2020.

Nov 27, 2020 03:47 PM
Kathy Streib

You were the first to wish me Merry Christmas!!! And I wish the same for you and your family. 

Nov 28, 2020 01:53 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Jim Paulson - You have certainly lead a very full life.  And you have made the most of everything.  Thanks for sharing.

Nov 29, 2020 05:26 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You are grateful for all of the right things in life, I am glad that you are happy in life!

Nov 29, 2020 05:26 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I love that you included your dog and humor.  You are my kind of person.

Nov 29, 2020 09:24 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nov 29, 2020 12:37 PM
Jim Paulson

I am honored. Thank you.

Nov 30, 2020 11:17 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Jim Paulson ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. Lovely post on gratitude..you are blessed!

Nov 29, 2020 01:51 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Jim:

What a wonderful, heartfelt post on gratitude! I'm glad to see family at the top of the list!


Dec 02, 2020 08:01 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jim I could have sworn I left a comment on this post... needless to say I am back and hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving and now I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you get this comment:))Endre

Dec 18, 2020 06:34 PM
Jim Paulson

Thanks my friend.  I thought I was all caught up on my follow ups and missed yours so glad I looped back as well.  Hopefully this is the year I finally meet you in person Endre Barath, Jr. 

Feb 05, 2021 03:31 PM