Thanksgiving 2022 · 24 November 2022
I just realized that I am thankful for the people in my life.
Okay. I did not just realize it, but I am truly thankful for the people in my life. Those who have been in my life in the past and those who continue to be in my life in the present. And although I did not just realize it, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to be introspective and really think about being thankful.
I am most thankful for my family. My wife and kids. My brothers and sisters. And their kids too. Oh I am thankful for my aunts and uncles and cousins and friends and colleagues and a whole lot of other people too, but it has really hit home recently that I am thankful for my parents and those in the family tree that they were responsible for.
Mom and Dad have gone to be with Jesus, so I will see them again. And on this Thanksgiving 2022, I am thankful to God for having given me such great parents. They helped shape me into the person I am today. And whether anybody else is grateful for that, I know that I am.
I really am thankful for my family. I am thankful for their support of each other in both good times and bad. I am thankful for our shared memories. I am thankful that we have spent lots of time together. I am just thankful for them. All of them. Brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews. And of course, my wife and my sons.
Now, I could probably go on and on and on about many more family members and friends and colleagues and many other people who have impacted my life in positive ways. Aunts and uncles and cousins have had a profound positive effect on my life. Friends and colleagues have had profound positive effects on my life too. And the one thing that I can say about them all is that I am thankful for their presence in my life.
Relationships are important. They are all that we carry with us when we leave this life. And so I am thankful this Thanksgiving 2022 for the many relationships that I have had with people throughout my life. I am thankful for the impact that people have had on making me who I am.
I may not have just realized it, but this Thanksgiving I am most thankful for all the people in my life. Especially, my family.
© 2022 Michael T. Miyoshi
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