“Thanksgiving, man…not a good day to be my pants.” –Kevin James
I saw that quote from Kevin James and thought, “Yeah…that’s about right.” Funny as it is, however, Thanksgiving is about so much more than turkey and napping and football (all three of which are thoroughly enjoyed at my house). It is, as its name implies, a time to take a step back and recognize all of the blessings in one’s life. Here are just a few of the things I’m thankful for this holiday season:
- My family. I was fortunate to have a very functional family growing up, and my parents set wonderful examples for me. I’m so very grateful for my wife, who is my best friend, and our four children, whose humor is often at our expense. We have a lot of fun together, and as they’ve grown, they’ve become each others’ best friends. That’s been wonderful to see.
- My health. I had a health scare a few years back, and I’m so grateful for the doctors who have helped me through it.
- My freedom. Although I’m ecstatic to be able to pick up the phone and find someone I want to talk to versus someone endorsing one candidate or another, I’m so thankful for the freedom we have to choose our leaders—to express our opinions publicly without concerns for personal safety.
- My profession. I’m fortunate to work in a profession that demands that we do the right thing. I love to come to work in the morning, and it makes me a little sad to think that there are people out there who’ll never experience the joy of doing something one loves at a place one loves.
- Our staff. Plante Moran has some of the most talented people anywhere working tirelessly to serve the needs of our clients to the best of their ability. And they’re great, caring people. They make my job easy, and I’m grateful for them every day.
I’m also thankful for the Detroit Tigers (who would’ve thought they’d make the World Series?), U of M basketball, (Go Blue!), and those who give their time, talent, and treasures to those who are less fortunate. That’s wonderful to see.
How about you? What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? And who else out there could use a pair of pants with a little elasticity?