Why Am I So Grateful Today?

I am the luckiest man in the world! I am at Starbucks with my first cup of dark roast and a blueberry scone and I didn’t have to pay for either! But that’s not why I feel like the luckiest man in the world.

Today is my 69th birthday and am so grateful for still being alive and healthy. Working in the funeral industry for a few years makes you appreciate every minute that you have over 69 years of age. And that’s what I’m going to do… be mindful of every minute and every day that I have in my final year of my sixth decade of life and be grateful.

I am grateful that my wife, Jackie, is so loving and generous. She still works in the funeral industry and has to meet with families who have lost a loved one – and most times, people who are a lot younger than me. She enjoys her work and the families are lucky to have her as their counselor.

Because of Jackie and her love of work, we can travel the world – and I am so grateful for that. We enjoy seeing new places, eating different food, and especially meeting new people and learning about their culture.

I am grateful for my loving family. My brother, Ed, is the only blood left in our family. My dad and biological mother died years ago. I am grateful that my bro and I can spend time together frequently. I love our coffee time and lunches. Ed’s daughter and son, my niece and nephew, have already contacted me to wish me a happy birthday. I love you guys! Marilyn, my sister-in-law, is the best and I don’t know how she’s put up with my brother all these years. I love you, Marilyn! My step-mother lives with us and she is kind, loving, and generous, and I love her dearly. She just recently turned 89.

I have a step-daughter, Julie, in Colorado, but she allows me and I claim her as my daughter. I’ve known her since she was in high school and I am so grateful to have her in my life. Julie’s children, my grandchildren, are the loves of my life. We’re all going to Cancun in October and I am so looking forward to that! Julie’s husband, Adam, is also a wonderful man and I am grateful that he loves Julie and the children.

I am grateful for all the friends I’ve made over the years through work and play. I’ve moved so much in my lifetime (Army brat) that I only have vague memories of many people. I’ve had a lot of mentors, teachers, bosses, co-workers, sports buddies, pastors, military pals, baristas, and so many more, who I have learned so much from. Thank you all!

I could go on and on, but I know how bored you must be about now. So, here’s to another cup. I’m loving my baristas right now. Have a wonderful day!

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