Over the weekend, I spent some time thinking about the ways in which I’ve been fortunate—something I tend to do around Thanksgiving every year.
First and foremost, I’m fortunate to live in this great country of ours. We have more freedom and choice than any other country in the world. Despite our current challenges, we still enjoy one of the world’s strongest economies and also have outstanding health care and education systems. I figure that puts me in the 96th percentile of fortunate people in the world.
Years ago, I had a serious health issue and was given a second chance and a new perspective on life. Now I look at each day as a gift and the opportunity to make the most of my second chance—which easily moves me up to the 97th percentile.
Next there’s working at Plante Moran, with all of our great clients and talented partners and staff. Great culture, great firm. That’s got to bump me up to the 98th percentile.
Last but definitely not least, family. I had great parents, and I have a terrific wife and kids who mean the world to me. My eldest daughter just informed me that, come April, I will have my first grandson. Being surrounding by a loving family has to count for at least another percent or two.
After doing the math, I’ve concluded that I am one of the most fortunate people in the world. And I’m so thankful. To amend a quote from Shakespeare’s “Henry VI,” my heart is replete with thankfulness, not only on Thanksgiving but every other day of the year as well.
How about you? What are you thankful for this holiday season?