This morning, and I am not sure why, it occurred to me that I have much to be thankful for.
First, I live in a country that despite all its problems is still the greatest place to live in the world.
Second, I come from a loving family. My parents never neglect to tell me they are proud of me. Although we are not Butler and Bentley rich, we are very comfortable. My father's hard work afforded me opportunities that he did not have. Heck, we provide our dog with better health care than most of the world can provide their children.
Third, I have some great close friends who accept me for who I am without a moment's hesitation.
Fourth, I am (at the risk of sounding arrogant) rather talented. I am able to take the opportunities my father's hard word provided me and make the most of them.
Fifth, I am young, healthy, educated, and ambitious.
Finally, I have many other blessings too numerous to list here.
Keeping an eye on these things makes my daily stresses and mild disappointments seem far less important by comparison.