I’m going to get a head start on a 2018 New Year’s Resolution and test the power of positive thinking. It also helps out that this is a great time of year to reflect on your blessings.
It’s the day before Thanksgiving and I’m up in Connecticut with my family. I’m so grateful that I’ll be able to celebrate my daughter’s first ever Thanksgiving with everyone. I’m incredibly thankful that she was born happy and healthy and that she spends her days surrounded by people who love her and want the best for her.
I’m grateful she has an amazing mother and I have an amazing wife who supports me and loves me. She watches our daughter while I go to school. She supports my career and personal pursuits, even when she doesn’t agree with them. She tolerates my many eccentricities and is willing to talk with my extensively about one of her least favorite topics: politics. She is a wonderful life partner and friend. I am so grateful for her.
I’m grateful for my family and friends. They’ve been there for their granddaughter, for graduations and weddings, for loving visits and lots of support. They’ve hung with me through years of unemployment, underemployment, financial troubles, personal troubles, the list goes on. I feel incredibly blessed to be a member of my family.
Much of this year can be categorized as a dystopian hellscape thanks to Donald Trump and his syndicate. But there are so many moments of hope to celebrate as well. The Women’s March, one of the largest mass gatherings in human history. There’s the workplace revolution that’s occurring as victims of sexual assault rise up everywhere to rightfully reclaim their power over their abusers. There were historic political victories earlier this month in Virginia and around the rest of the country as progressive, ground breaking candidates like Danica Roem took office to bring their informed and well shaped views to our lawmaking process.
And there’s my own personal gratitude for the lessons I’ve learned over the past year. Some have been joyous, like what it means to be a father. Others have been quite painful. But all of these moments have helped me grow as a person and a professional. I hope to continue to learn these lessons and to help move our nation forward in whatever way I can.