Being Thankful

So another Thanksgiving Day has come and gone. 
It’s called Thanksgiving for a reason; and I missed that this year.
No, I had turkey, stuffing, being with family etc…but I *MISSED* the reason for the season.
Missed it completely.  Like a high-brow joke that I didn’t get.
I was so steeped in my own miseries and concerns that I probably committed the most heinous of all crimes (next to murder): Being Ungrateful/UnThankful
I was so selfish yesterday that reflection upon it almost brings me to tears of embarrassment.
It took a blog of an estranged friend (and I’m not really sure if that term is correct) to motivate me to write this entry.
I will probably continue the list for my New Year’s Eve message, but these people need to be thanked by me NOW for their impact:
Johnson Har –I’m calling you out by name.  You were there at a critical time and still are with me.  Thank you for your compassion when it couldn’t be found elsewhere.  Hong Kong will Rock!!
David Elfassy — You too.  The opportunities in 2007 have allowed me to extend opportunities to others.  Thank you
KRosen — I remember in 2005 on a boat in Amsterdam you and Ryan told me how cool it was to drink the Kool-Aid.  You were right. Thanks for the opportunity to do things I would not be doing right now if it hadn’t been for you.
JOleson— Thanks for recommending me to my current manager.  Have fun in the Caribbean.
BBaer — Thank you for your patience.  It’s not easy being my mentor.
DPuggie — I learned so much from you in such a short time.  Only MS was able to make me leave your team and I had other opps.  You are the perfect manager.  I mean it.  Perfect. 
Pepe Reyes — Me enseñaste de la importancia de ser agradecido…no aprendí bien.  Eres el mejor ejemplo para mi en ese aspecto.  Algun dia ojalá podria ser como tu.
DandABalter — Every time I speak at a conference I reflect on that day in 1992 when you changed my life.  Forever and ever will I be indebted to you.
DMelber — Thanks for your confidence and allowing me to redeem myself.  We need to talk; about…"stuff".
KREES — Por tu oído.  Tu amistad.  Tu comprensión.  Muchisimas gracias  Eres el mero mero.
MTNguyen — How ironic that it would be you to inspire me to be thankful.  Thanks!  Remember, you are unique (like everyone else) and there are TONS of people "like you"…just open your eyes.
There is a hymn called "When upon Life’s Billows you are Tempest Tossed"…it goes on to say "Count your blessings…name them one by one…count your many blessings see what God hath done".  The above list of people is a testament to that truth.  I could go on and on.  (Johnson…you’re right…maybe I am more sensitive than a guy should be LOL)
So as we gear up for the end of the year remember:  Be thankful!

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  1. Annemarie

    Hi Rick.
    I am thankful for people like you, that recognize there folds, so you are human, and showed a moment of self involvement, self is a good thing, we have bin told since we where little kids to be selfless, selfishness is a good thing in your case, because you recognized it, if you don\’t have a good dose of self in you, you will become a doormat, I\’m sure you have learned that in the past, besides your followup of your selfishness is the ultimate selflessness. Keep being human

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