Thursday, November 24, 2011

Things I'm Thankful for 2011

It's a weird world we live in.  Admit it.  We all know it.  Things move at a dizzying pace and despite  our best efforts, things get out of control.  It's hard to sit back and take it all in most days.  That's why I think it is really important to set aside a moment from time to time and just take it all in.  One of the downfalls of being human is forgetting to enjoy the ride.  We get so caught up in getting to the destination, that we forget to look out the window and enjoy the world as it whizzes by outside.

 

So as the world zips past me at breakneck speed, I try and make the effort from time to time to just stop and think about the wonderful things I'm surrounded by.  One of the days that help me make that effort is the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S.  I mean, what better time to think of all the great things in your life than on a holiday dedicated to the concept of being thankful?  So here is this year's list of things that I really am grateful for.

 

  • Thanks God, for all you have done for me and all that you continue to do.  I'm grateful that you've taken someone like me and blessed me so abundantly.
  • Thanks to my wife who puts up with me on a daily basis and endures my crazy travel schedule with a hug, a smile, and never a complaint.  I can't even begin to tell you how much I love you...
  • Thanks to my great family.  Sometimes (*gasp*) I'm not the easiest guy to live with, but you always are there for me with love, hugs, laughs, smiles and everything else that makes life worth living.  I could type for a month or a year and still not capture the essence of how much you mean to me and how wonderful my life is because of you.
  • My mom & dad.  There has never been a son who is so  honored to have the parents that I do.  You have stood by me when no one else would and I love you for that more than I can say.  Thanks for always being there and for believing in me when no one else did.
  • For the sound of raindrops on the roof during a heavy downpour.
  • I'm thankful for the wagging tail of a big black lab and the soft paws of a young tabby cat...
  • I thankful for the human beings that trust me as their doctor.  My dream, since I was three years old, was to be a dentist and every day I'm incredibly grateful to all of you that I get to do what I do.  It is truly a privilege to help you and I want you all to know how much I value your trust.
  • I'm thankful for the sounds of the children on the playground that I can hear when my office windows are open.
  • I'm thankful for all the friends I have in the dental industry.  I really love working with all of  you to change the profession of dentistry for the better.  I love knowing that our efforts end up making things better for the patients that receive care.  That's what gets me out of bed every morning!
  • For the beauty of pristine new fallen snow.
  • For the sound of the bat as it comes off the ball... especially when the bat is in the hands of Albert Pujols.  I'm a rare breed being a Royals fan, a Cardinals fan, and a Red Sox fan.
  • For the smell of freshly mown grass and hotdogs drifting over my seats at the "K" on a warm summer night.  I love my wife, but baseball is my mistress...
  • I'm thankful for my brick in the sidewalk outside the main entrance to Kaufmann Stadium.  It was a surprise gift and reads "John Flucke, The Best Dad Ever".  Those last 4 words are, in that order, my favorite in the English language.
  • I'm thankful for Barry and Audrey.  Their emails, letters, and gifts to the family are always a welcome treat and the fact they do all this for a family half a planet away is just amazing to me.  The warmth they bring to me is just difficult to put into words.
  • I'm thankful for my friendship with Don.  He's my friend, my confidante, and my mentor.  There are certain situations in everyone's life where sometimes the stars align and you get something amazing.  My friendship with Don is like that.
  • I'm thankful for Thais Carter at Advanstar/Dental Products Report.  She's amazing to work with and she helps me in so many ways that it's hard to list them here.  When you are a writer, you get help from a lot of sources that people don't really hear about.  Thais is one of those sources and she is a huge factor in why I love writing so much.
  • I'm thankful for the warm and fragrant goodness of my favorite Starbucks latte early in the morning.  This from someone who used to tease friends who frequented coffee shops.  Starbucks has won me over!
  • I'm  thankful for Marty & Paul and all of our crazy adventures touring as Dental Technology Solutions.  The sound of "Mr. Jones", "Custard Pie", and "Enter Sandman" brings a smile to my face every time.  I'll forever remember the moose, the Jerky Outlet, and the "Shroud of Turin" as well as dozens of other moments of hilarity.  However, I still "find the distance to the stage too far".  :-)
  • I'm thankful for those in the travel industry who deal with the daily problems of travels with a smile and with understanding.  So many times we just want to get home to our families and you help us do that!
  • Thanks to those who put themselves in harms way on a daily basis so that I can continue to do the things I do and not even have to think about the fact that I'm safe because of what you do.
  • And finally, I'm thankful to you!  This blog is a labor of love, but it takes you, the readers to make it happen.  By taking time out of your busy lives and busy schedules you make all of this worthwhile.  I'm truly honored and grateful that so many of you take the time to read, comment, and email.  I've always loved writing.  Even from the time I was in junior high school and this blog gives me a nice way of sharing with others.  I'm truly grateful that so many of you take the time to read and have become part of the "blog community'.  You guys and gals are the reason I do this I don't think you'll ever truly know how grateful I am that you honor me by reading.  So thanks to you and my best wishes for a great Thanksgiving!!!

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