As Thanksgiving approaches, I always like to take a few moments and reflect on all the blessings in my life and what I am most thankful for.
In today’s fast-paced world, it is so easy to get wrapped up in the everyday routines of life, work and play that we sometimes forget to just pause, breathe and give thanks for everyone and everything in our lives.
I’d like to spend just a few minutes sharing with you some of the things I’m most thankful for this holiday season.
The most amazing woman I know, who happens to be my best friend. Words can’t describe the joy I feel when I see your face or hear your voice. You have stood by my side through all of my highs and lows. You have been such a blessing to me over the last 10 years of our marriage, and I hope the next 50 are even better. Without your love and support, I would not be the man I am today.
Mom and Dad:
You both were instrumental in shaping my life from the moment I was born. In my early childhood, you taught me right from wrong. As I grew older, you were there to help me navigate those awkward teenage years. When I graduated from college, you were there as I received my diploma, and whenever I called seeking advice, you were always there for me. Growing up is not easy, but you provided a loving home and encouraged all four of us boys to spread our wings and reach for the stars. You always said to never shy away from a hard day’s work, and I hope I’ve made you proud.
While we didn’t always see eye-to-eye growing up, I wouldn’t change a thing about our childhood. If I have any regrets, it would only be that I missed out on a lot of your teenage years while I was in college and starting my career away from home. We were fortunate to have a loving and supportive family while growing up. Even now, the one thing that fills my heart with joy is that we’ve remained close throughout the years, even as adults. Like most people, I wish we could spend more time together, but know that I think about you and your families often.
I admire your wisdom and business ethics. You have made smart choices in tough economic times and have truly looked out for those in your employ. I am grateful to be a part of your team and hope to spend many years at your firm. Thank you for this opportunity. You took a chance on hiring me when I wasn’t registered in a tough economy. For that I will always be grateful.
Your knowledge and experience were refreshing when you were teaching me the basics of landscape architecture. You taught me so much more than how to create great landscapes. Your work ethic is strong, and your passion for creating a better environment in which we dwell is inspiring. You have been a great friend to me and I wish you all the best in the years to come.
The support you provide for our profession is immeasurable. From advocacy to continuing education, and everything in between, your team of consummate professionals makes me proud to be a member of this organization. Having had the opportunity to speak at the recent annual meeting, I have experienced great opportunities I never imagined. I am now more energized than ever that our profession is strong and will continue to be so in the years to come.
Whether we’ve only met through the interwebs via social media, or if we’ve had the pleasure of spending time together in person, I am thankful to know each and every one of you. It has often been said that next to family, a person’s friends are his second greatest blessing in life, and I cannot agree more. I hope that in the years to come we will grow closer still.
Lastly, for those serving our country who can’t be with their loved ones this Thanksgiving holiday, know that we give thanks and appreciate you and your family’s sacrifices now and always. Your dedication and sacrifice are immeasurable, and words don’t seem to convey the gratitude I feel for you every day. Thank you!
My hope this Thanksgiving is that while we gather around the table with those we are closest to, we all take pause and truly give thanks for those things we are most grateful for.
If you’d like to share some of the things you have been blessed with, I’d love to hear about them. Feel free to leave a comment below, send me a tweet, or even an email. I look forward to hearing from you. Have a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!
Boyd Coleman is a landscape architect in Phoenix, Arizona. He can be reached on Twitter at @CDGLA or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.