- My family. There are seven people in my family, and each one of them is amazing. I was definitely blessed to be born into such a good group of people. Going to college with two of my siblings (and being roommates with one of them) has been a lot of fun.
- Good friends. I don't live with my family right now, so having good friends is really important. I'm thankful for having some great friends.
- Difficult experiences. Sure, they're hard, and I don't always like them in the moment, but they have made me a better person. Doing hard things (and often failing) also helps to keep me humble. I've found that it's important to ask "what can I learn?" rather than "why me?" when trials come.
- Mountains. It's no secret that I like mountains. I'm thankful for the beauty, tranquility, and serenity of being high on a rugged peak—especially a pristine, snow-covered one in the early morning. Moses went into the mountain to talk to God; I think he was onto something. For me, the mountains are an escape from the grind of everyday life—a place to step back, feel small, and think about the bigger picture.
- Telephones. These days we take it for granted, but if you stop and think for a minute, the telephone is an amazing invention. I'm thankful to be able talk to people I care about, even when they're far away.
- Cereal. No really. I'm serious. I've eaten cereal for breakfast about 99/100 days of my life. It's quick, nutritious, and yummy. What more could I ask for? :)
- God. I know that God is real, that he loves me, and that he has a plan for me. That gives everything else in my life meaning and purpose. I'm thankful to know about him.
- My talents. I'm certainly not the most talented person you'll ever meet, but I'm thankful for the talents that I have. I'm especially thankful when I can use them to bless others' lives.
- Freedom. I'm thankful for the freedom to think, say, and go where I want. Depressingly few people in history have been so privileged.
- Snow. I still get excited and giddy like a little kid when it snows. It's pure, quiet, and beautiful. (It also provides the setting for some of my favorite activities.) One of my favorite memories is riding my bike home from work in the dark late one night when I was a freshman in college. A few inches of fresh snow glittered under the yellow glow of the streetlights, and snowflakes gently swirled around me as I pedaled down a deserted street. The snow muffled the sound of my tires, and it felt like I was the only person in the world.
- Frisbee. Tossing a frisbee is a great way to have fun, have a good heart-to-heart, and exercise, all at the same time!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Things I'm thankful for
Here are some things I'm thankful for (in no particular order):