Happy Thanksgiving. What do I have to be thankful for? Good health, which is often forgotten but always bears remembering. I was able to walk all over Manhattan on a business trip this past weekend, and remembered how much I love walking. Saw my old friend Christina, who has been “in search of wellness,” as she puts it, for many years, after two bouts with cancer. We also got dinner with my coworker Kathy, whose husband suffers from dementia and may also have cancer, depending on the results of a test this week. I’ve never had a broken bone or major illness, car accident, anything, which is in the category of miraculous.

A great wife. We had a fun evening tonight making appetizers for tomorrow and goofing around the kitchen to Nina Simone and Van Morrison (I’m thankful for good music too, come to think about it). Great family, though I take them for granted and don’t connect as much as I’d like to. But they take me in unconditionally, as only family can.

A job I like. I was just thinking about how much I enjoy my job as I was going in. I’ve generally enjoyed this career. The work is interesting, I get to talk to cool people, learn new things, have my own office, be in charge, and my company sent me on a business trip to a conference in New York this past weekend. The next project should be a bear, but I’m looking forward to it regardless.

Good people. It’s easy to get caught up by the negative interactions, but I try to ignore them and focus on the others. Picking up some DVDs at the library today, the woman who checked me out looked up at me in the middle of the process and said, pointedly, “So, how are you?” She didn’t know me, but her subtext was that this did not just have to be a formality, but that we were human beings and could react in a personal way as well, even if we didn’t know each other.

Good friends. I’ve been lucky to know you over the years, and regret that I haven’t always been a better friend. Life goes on, I suppose, but I do look forward to reuniting and renewing old acquaintances from time to time. And when we do, let’s just pick up where we last left off, okay?

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