I’m not usually one for making New Year’s resolutions–I believe in constant improvement as opposed to waiting until the beginning of a new year to make positive changes in my life–but I’ve been slacking at something that I’ve been aware of for far too long and now seems like a great time to fix it. Starting today, I resolve to be more openly thankful and give more praise where it’s due.
It’s not that I’m not thankful or don’t think others deserve praise. In fact, I’ve had an extremely blessed last few years (2014 was particularly amazing) and I’m lucky enough to share my time with a bunch of amazing people. It’s just that, for some reason, it makes me uncomfortable to express it. Maybe it’s the mushy-gushy response I get afterwards, I don’t know. Either way, it’s a completely stubborn and self-centered internal response that I realize I need to put behind me in order to move forward.
So without further adieu, I thought a great way to kick off my newly declared resolution would be to give some thanks and praise to some important people in my life. Here goes:
I am reluctant to admit that I don’t thank my parents enough for everything they’ve done for me. Not only did they raise me to be, in my own humble opinion, a well-rounded and intelligent individual, but they continue to provide me with endless love and support. So mom and dad, if you’re reading this, thank you. I love you.
If I hadn’t met my wife at the tender, young age of 19, I’d probably still be an unmotivated, overweight chain smoker. She’s been there for me through thick and thin, constantly supporting my ever-changing (and sometimes questionable) endeavors. And for that, I am truly grateful.
My kids are another endless source of love and support. They don’t need a reason to love their daddy; they just do. They are a constant inspiration to me.
I’m a believer that if you work hard and have a positive outlook on life, good things will naturally gravitate towards you. This belief held true when, in August of 2014, I was given the opportunity to pursue a new career endeavor that has exceeded my expectations in every way. I have a job I love, and I work with a team of amazing people, led by a super supportive and genuine boss. I’m so looking forward to an amazing 2015 with this talented group of people. Team, if you’re reading this, you guys are awesome.
I won’t name names (there are too many to mention), but there are a number of people who have helped me get to where I am today. I hope you know who you are, but if you don’t, I hope to have the chance to tell you some time this year. Thank you.
A true friend is hard to come by. To those of you who have stuck by me long enough to still care about me today, I thank you.
I could go on, but I’d rather offer my thanks and praise in person from now on. Here’s to an amazing 2015.