Well, the last few posts here have been filled with nothing but whine and vinegar, eh? Let change that right now.
I am blessed and thankful for many things. Let's name as many as I can... My wife and step-son. Even if the lawn didn't get cut today. I have dandelions and that's ok. Even Stephen, the kid living in my basement, yes and am thankful for you. I can afford health insurance and I can pay for the drugs I need to get over this cold. I can look back on pictures of our last vacation and be filled with the love my entire family has for us. I haven't seen some of my best friends for months; but I know they feel the loss and miss me as much as I do for them. I have a job that I like, am good at and well paid for. I've only gained 2 pounds in 2 years, according to the doctor's scale. I put my all in everything I do. I am pretty sure I am respected; I'll say that I know I am by the people that matter. I like my smile. My dreams lately have been enjoyable. I kept my Lent promise, except for that one time and I really didn't like it, so I think I'll be keeping my Lent promise for life. I think God can understand a relapse if it leads to better decisions. I can listen to music any time I want. Whatever mood I am in, there is something on my iPod for that. I'm blessed that I have can have a convenient way to keep my music with me. I am looking forward to stage managing "Bat Boy" in July. I have not fathered any children unexpectedly. I think AND I feel. I speak softly, but carry a big stick, that I have never needed to use. Pretty sure I have conquered depression. I have my moments, but the funks don't stick like they used to. I can twist my tongue upside down. I can wear a pair of jeans for several days without a second thought. OK, the cats - Jack, Hannah, Misfit and BK. I am thankful for Josh, Erin, Ryan and Allison, Patrick, Jeff, Rikki, Madeline, Sarah, and Deanna more than they probably will ever realize. HA! I am thankful that I can be a guy and be friends with girls without it getting all weird. I can sympathize, empathize and listen to both sides and form my own opinion. I am an Uncle. 3x a godfather. I am blessed with Riley and Lily, Katy, Tony, Alex, Lisa and Nick - even Marianne and Joe. They probably don't realize that I am blessed because of them, but I am. Hooboy, am I thankful I have a sense of humor. I am also thankful that God has one, too. I am thankful that my ex-girlfriends are my ex-girlfriends and I am happy to have taken something away from each relationship. Yes, even that one, especially that one. The times I can say "I told you so." I am thankful my parents wouldn't let me watch pro wrestling when I was a kid. And I'm thankful I was able to sneak peeks early in the morning before they woke up. I enjoy art in all its many forms (well, maybe not abstract paintings). I am thankful for Liz Phair and Ryan Adams. I got life, brother. I got laughs, sister. I got freedom, mother. I got good times, man. I gots me my Swagger. Most importantly, I like who I am. If you can say that, you've got a good thing going, kid.