What I was thankful for this year

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Thankful ForTurkey day has come and gone this year. I over ate to an extreme and was sound asleep by 9:30. Anyone who has small kids can understand how stressful a day like Thanksgiving can be. But seriously… I’m really thankful for that.

What else am I thankful for?

I’m sure thankful for my kids. I love them. I’m thankful for my wife… who gave birth to them. The more I thought about it the more I realized that I’m thankful for my old job. Without it I never would’ve found and fallen in love with my wife. I’m thankful for my ex-girlfriend. Without her I never would’ve moved to Maryland and gotten that old job. I’m thankful for York College. If I didn’t go there I never would’ve met my ex-girlfriend, never moved to Maryland and wouldn’t have gotten that old job. I’m sure thankful for my parents’ high school band. Without it they never would’ve met, fallen in love and had me. Speaking of parents I’m thankful for my wife’s. Without them their daughter would never have been born and there would’ve been no need to meet my ex-girlfriend, move to Maryland and work for that old job where I met her.

Life is nothing but the domino effect

It’s funny how life is really nothing but small decisions compounded on one another. Some of those decisions might impact your next 20 minutes and some might impact you for generations. Imagine what would’ve happened if on the day my father signed up for the band, he was sick and stayed home? Or I never talked to my ex-girlfriend in the basement of my fraternity house? I could be named Charlie and living in New Jersey as an accountant. Or I could just be living in New Jersey in the basement of my parents house. The outcomes and possibilities are staggering.

Thankful for everything

I’m sure glad things worked out as they have. The next time you think about whether to go to McD’s or Burger King for lunch just remember that it could have an impact on your son’s son’s son. Too deep? Probably. It’s why most of us are just thankful for the things around us; those that we often take for granted on a daily basis. This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for EVERYTHING; even my ex-girlfriend.

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