Thanks. Giving.

For USA readers, Thursday (today, depending on where you are on the globe), is a holiday where we’re encouraged to take pause from our daily grind and give thanks for the myriad of wonderful things in our lives. For the international readers, I’d encourage you to join in.

I’m thankful for so many things, most of which distill to health, family, and community.

This year was abundant with personal health. I recall only a sniffle or scratchy throat here and there, and my mind was more clear than in so many years past.

Family played a huge role in this year for me as well. My wife Kate was, once again, the center of my family life and rock solid as always. I’m humbled. She continues to show me how to love, as does our huge cat, Dexter. I’m best friends with my parents, who somehow continue to get younger with each passing year, and I’m awed at the warmth and generosity of my in-laws. I’m soon to be an uncle and I’m grateful also for the brother/sister in law who are bringing that little boy into the world. My grandmother, who called herself “one of the luckiest people around”, passed away recently, but left me the gift of believing in luck, even courting it, and for that I’m thankful. And I’m thankful to my aunts and uncles and grandma with whom I grew again closer – more so than perhaps in any year prior. Our extended family also got together more this year than ever before – and for that too I’m so very thankful.

Community. This leaves me almost speechless. Socially and culturally my friends and my work mates play a huge role in my life. The generosity of this group is a reason to get up in the morning, and the collective soul of these friends is rich with both kindness and a passion for life. The community here on this blog also carries me along in a way I can’t begin to describe. Within the thousands of comments posted and the millions of visits this year, I draw strength. I laugh when you thank me for this post or that, because inside I’m so thankful for your words, your support, your visits, your comments, your ideas, your links to this site, and space you reserve in your brain each day for your visit here. You are the backbone and in many ways directing the course of this pile of words and pictures. And for that, and, thus for you, I’m thankful.

A central tenant to my being–and also this brand–is giving back. I encourage you to give back in whatever way you are able. Sometimes, we get caught up in all the ways to say “thanks” on the web: an email here, a donation click there, but this year, I’m encouraging you to give something back in the real world. Be personal about it. Tell someone to their face how thankful you are. Do something good in the community tomorrow. I’m going to give hats and gloves to those homeless on the streets of Seattle. Will you please join me in some way and give something to your community on this day, even if it’s simply a heartfelt smile? I’d really appreciate that. For remember: Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. (William Arthur Ward). So by all means, have a happy Thanksgiving, wherever on the planet you might be.

If you feel so inclined, share with us in the comments section some things YOU’RE thankful for. Anything sincere. I’ll select a handful of comments at my discretion, I’ll track you down, and I’ll send you a free signed copy of my book, or a limited edition t-shirt.

[And double lastly do be thankful for all those D3X rumors!! Woot!;]

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