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With so much going on in the world and so many things wrong, it’s easy to forget to count one’s blessing. Today I took it upon myself to embrace the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Having spent the day celebrating with my girlfriend and her awesome family, I realized there are many things I have to be thankful for. Yes I know there are many things wrong and there is always some problem that needs fixing; but for once let me thankful for what is right.

I have a great job that allows me to be self sustaining. While I don’t have make a salary that lets me own a Benz or the latest iPhone, I can have a decent life and I have great benefits. With few employers offering health benefits with very little out of pocket costs and a pension, I can be happy with my job. Also being in a position where opportunity and growth are within my reach. With that I can ssay I’m glad to work for the city.

I have a family that is extremely supportive of me and was willing to help out. “Hey mom, I need a new mattress for the apartment I’m moving into. I’ll do my best to pay you back soon” Not only did she buy it, she added a 40 inch flat screen and bought it as a gift. That just makes me feel thankful thankful that I have that kind of family support. This is just one of many times my family came through when it’s crunch time.

My friends are another thing. My closest friends have always come through for me and are the very reason why I always can rest easy when they said “I’m here for you Mike.” Having the friends I have make them an extended family of brothers and sisters.That is truly something to give thanks for

My girlfriend is one of the greatest blessings that I received this year. She is someone who has always been an amazing friend and the kind of woman that truly enriches and completes my life. There isn’t much I can say other than I’m thankful to have her in my life and being the balance I need.

With that I give thanks to everything I have. I’m so thankful for having food on the table, a home, and fellow veterans for their service. God Bless and good night .