Plenty To Be Thankful For
It is pretty easy to let yourself get influenced by all the bad stuff you read and see in the news these days.  There is strife and weird stuff going on all over the world, no doubt.  But it isn't as bad as it may seem, unless you don't also look for the "good stuff."  We live in a world full of messages and inputs for our minds and psyches to process, and it seems that those best ones might not get the same recognition or importance that we give the bad ones.

For example, I'm sitting at my dining room table looking out at what is about to be a spectacular sunrise, full of colors and shapes as the sun begins to light up the low cloud cover.  Even if for just a few minutes, my life is going to stand still and allow me to fully embrace the dynamic beauty of nature and our planet. As daylight replaces dark, I'll see those early sun's rays illuminate the deer feeding just a wedge shot away from the dining room window.  I have to be thankful for all that, right?

Across from me, also working on her computer, is the single most fantastic woman I've ever known, and the one with whom I get to spend the rest of my life.  I'm so unbelievably thankful that we met just those few short years ago, and that my life took a huge turn for the better from that day forward.

In my business life, I'm working longer hours than ever as we nurture an emerging young golf company, but this is the culmination of my life in golf and my 30-plus years of work in the golf industry.  How could I not be ecstatic over seeing this dream come true – revolutionizing the way golfers look at the scoring end of their sets, and leading the last revolution in the equipment industry?

In my family, my 91-year-old mother is healthy and mentally sound, and is doing well after her recent move into assisted living.  I know it was tough for her to leave her home of the past 67 years, but the memories of growing up there will reside in our minds and hearts forever.  And my brother seems to be winning in his fourth battle with cancer.  Damn that stuff, but he's a huge inspiration with his bravery and faith.

There are so many other wonders that I (and all of us) have to be thankful for.  Yes, we all have heavy hearts over things that are not quite as we wish they would be.  But over these next few days, I suggest all of us take a few minutes and really dwell on all the little things... and those big ones... that make our lives full and rich and wonderful.

I'll bet you can make a list a mile long if you do.

Happy Thanksgiving, all. I'm not going to write on Friday, but will be back next Tuesday.
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GolfSmith7 says:
I am thankful for my wife, a beautiful God fearing woman. Thankful that this november we celebrate 1 year of being debt free, don't owe anyone any money. Thankful for my health and that I live in the greatest country in the world despite the rough patches. Thankful for God and His love for me.
bducharm says:
@GolfSmith7 - AMEN!!!
Torleif Sorenson says:
Total agreement and 1000 points to GolfSmith7.

Likewise, I'm grateful for Terry's very helpful and educational columns on equipment and the game at large.
Kurt the Knife says:
thanks to all for all of it.
mjaber says:
I am thankful for the joy of my daughter. Nothing makes you feel more loved than to hear "Daddy, no go work", and to see the little pout when you say you have to go. The wonderful feeling of hearing "DADDY" and having her run to you and wrap her little arms around your leg, if you haven't bent over in time to catch her.

I'm thankful for my wife. I don't know how, or why, she puts up with me sometimes. But she does, and I can't even come close to putting into words how much that means to me.
bducharm says:
@mjaber - you just did!!! Well done Sir!!!
jpjeffery says:
What's Thanksgiving?
legitimatebeef says:
Even though I'm playing crappy golf lately, I can still be thankful for the ability to play and walk 18 without any issues. And even though it's ballooning, my handicap is still in the single digits.
onedollarwed says:
...and the Sun still rises. But seriously, if you are golfing you have already won! Thanks to all of you who make this a learning community, to living in a mostly free society, and to Nature's bounty. I'm leaving now to chomp some serious smoked Turkey...
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