I am thankful for life. We are told that everyday is not promised to us, and I am determined to make each day count whether it is taking one more step towards a goal, or helping someone else work towards theirs.
I am thankful for my family. Mother,Deanna; Father, Milton; Sisters -Mignon, Dayan and Djenaba; Children -Damani and Ashley. I am a solitary person by nature, and I dare say that my life might be simpler and less complicated if I were all alone, but it would also not be as rich, colorful or fulfilling without my immediate and extended family.
I am thankful for my church family at Ascension Lutheran Church in Los Angeles, and all of the pastors that have served there in my 12 years there: Starr, Tatum, Partee and most recently, Hansome. Everybody needs some form of spiritual grounding in their life, no matter what they choose to call it, and I came to Ascension because they were friendly, and gave me an opportunity to be part of a smaller community in a big city.
I am thankful for a job with co-workers that make what could be a daily drudgery fun, interesting, and a place where I am continually learning new things. To do what you love is a dream for most, and to love what you do would be the ultimate workplace fantasy. Most of us exist somewhere in the middle, and while we are thankful for any job right now, spending 8-10 hours a day with people you actually like helps a great deal.
I am thankful for the ability to use whatever gifts and talents I have. I hope that I am helping others in some way, as a life spent only in pursuit of self satisfaction is a life wasted. There are people that spend their entire lives in nothing but working on those things absolutely necessary to their existence. What a tragedy to never use whatever talent you've been granted, even if just to see where using this talent takes you.
And I am also thankful for you, Dear Reader. For I am one of you, and because of this, I try to write things that I would want to read. You make me work harder on good ideas, and inspire me to try new topics. But mostly, you inspire me to keep writing. For that, I am truly thankful.
A dedicated stream of consciousness that sometimes runs off course...