I am so thankful for my children and grandchildren, some shown here.
I am thankful for the love and respect of my spouse and the love that surrounds me.
I am thankful for the enrichment of friends near and far.
I am thankful for living where I live,
I am thankful for the freedom I enjoy.
I am thankful for the blessing of health, to whatever extent.
I am thankful for the joy that often overfills my heart.
I am thankful for a returned smile and kindness in any and every form.
I am thankful for every new year.
I am thankful for every next breath.
I am thankful to share in others' good fortune.
I am thankful to worship God as I see Him/Her.
I am thankful for my fellow man/woman and the diversity of our world that makes us all greater.
I am thankful for all the skills and talent we all bring to a common table.
I am thankful to be an important part (as we all are) in a greater world.
I am thankful for every volunteer and participant in life and all its splendor.
I am thankful we never stop learning.
I am thankful that this list could go on and on. I know it is a different list for each of us. My overwhelming hope/wish/desire is that this is the year we can put 2016 and all of its negativity behind us and build a better us rather than WE vs. THEM.
Life is hard and the evolution of social media and instant awareness is challenging. But, like my favorite story, we can better-manage making a difference to just one person--ourself.
"Why are you doing that? There are thousands of starfish on the beach.
First man flipped the starfish he was holding back into the ocean.
PS: This is the 5th time in more than 500 blog posts that I have used this Starfish Story. It is a story I/we should live by. Everything starts with one.