A Thanksgiving Toast

We are none of us self made. We are the creation of genetics and parenting and society bouncing against each other, sharpening some edges, smoothing out others. Yes, we are responsible for the people we become but those of us who have gotten lucky enough to have good friends and family to shape us are truly blessed.

And I consider myself blessed. I love my own company. I’m able to do that because I’ve known so many people who have seen the best in me. By seeing that light they have brought it out for everyone to play with. And I’m all about playing. Getting work done? Sure. But that’s survival stuff. Once we get past that, what does life look like? Community and joy. You don’t have one without the other.

The last few years have been rough in unexpected ways. There’s plenty of things about my life that I could complain about. But not today.

Today I say thank you.

Thank you to the friends and family who have made me the person that I am. I didn’t make a list because I didn’t want want to leave anyone out. Today I want to include everyone.

Thank you for sharing good times and bad.

Thank you for the gifts of your intelligence, your wit, your kindness, your forgiveness and your company.

Thank you for the memories.

Thank you for the experiences.

Thank you for your generosity.

Thank you for sharing your time.

I only hope that I have given you half as much as you have given me. I hope that today you are warm and safe and known. I hope you have a place that gives you peace.

Thank you. For everything.

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