Sunday, October 9, 2011

I Am Thankful For the People Around Me

        Since it's the middle of the Thanksgiving Day weekend it's time to think about what I am thankful for. Many times we get carried away with the hoopla of the weekend and forget about contemplating how fortunate we are. It's a valuable exercise to consider the good things in life that we experience and then we may not be overcome by some of the nastier parts of life.

       I am very thankful for the people I find around me on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. I like people. However, I'm not an extrovert who walks across the street to talk to a stranger. I tend to hold back and observe what's going on around me. When I do engage in conversation with someone I will be the listener and think carefully about what they are telling me. Once get to know someone I can become very talkative and provoke reactions by challenges to people.

          I appreciate family, relatives, friends neighbors , colleagues and the odd person who I just happen to bump into. Most people are supportive. Most people you can learn something from. Most people genuinely want to reach out to others and communicate what ever is on their mind.

     I can accept a wide variety of people. I am comfortable with visible minorities. I can deal with those who are somewhat different in views as long as they do not push me. I listen to their views and they listen to mine. I have had some extremely eye opening conversations with criminals but I have nothing to do with them when they are active as criminals.

      So I have to say that I am thankful for the people around me who are a part of my life and teach me things and make me think about life. Maybe this is why I appreciate life as it comes.

      So thanks to all those who have passed through my life.