I took a pretty long break with my Alphabet challenge, but I’m going to try to get back into it. In light of Thanksgiving this week, here are five things that I am grateful for in my life.
I am so lucky to have parents who are so supportive of my in all of my endeavors. In my time away from home, meeting people from all different backgrounds, it has become very clear to me that my parents really are spectacular people, and their support for me in everything that I do is something that I often take for granted, but in reality, I wouldn’t be half the man I am today if not for them.
My close friendships
Somehow, while I was growing up, I always had very high quality close friends. This was probably significantly due to my parents providing me with the upbringing that they did, but nevertheless, they helped shape me into who I am today, and continue to influence me positively, and help me grow in a positive direction. There is a quote that I like that says, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” I would say that that is true of most friendships, but really powerful friendships can propel both people forward, exponentially faster than either would on their own. The best compliment I ever got was about five years ago, someone told me that they thought I had really good friends, I couldn’t agree more.
Ever since I drafted, My relationship with the army has been just a whirlwind of emotions. There have been days where I hated everything it stands for, and wanted the whole infrastructure to fall apart, and there have been days where I was so elated, and proud of my commitment and contributions to the country that I considered signing on more time, and then there has been every emotion in between. Through it all, miraculously I have neither burned down a single building, or signed on any more time. However, the amount of personal growth that I have experienced in the past 2 years would be impossible to garner in any other setting.
What you know is ultimately who you are, the things you are able to think about, talk about, and aspire to do, and at the end of the day, the more educated you are, the more doors you have open to you in life. I am fortunate to have been educated about the value of education, so I actively pursue it, and it enhances my life every day.
The last thing that I am extremely grateful for is my health. During my training as a medic, I spent a good deal of time learning about all sorts of different chronic conditions that people can have, that can affect them significantly and limit them for the rest of their lives. Thankfully I am fit, healthy, and have no medical limitations, so I can do and experience pretty much everything. Last month I did a scuba diving course in Eilat, and while reading the list of conditions that disqualify people from being able to participate in the course, Heart conditions, Asthma, even Diabetes, it occurred to me how lucky I am, not to be limited at all in that capacity.
G is for Grateful, leave a comment below about what you are grateful for! 🙂
Thanks for reading!