It is a rare occurrence this year that Thanksgiving and the eight day Jewish festival of Hanukkah coincide with each other. Hanukkah and Thanksgiving share a similarity with the fact that both are times that we give thanks for what we have and the events, miraculous or not, that occurred for us to achieve these times of thanks.
I was listening to the Elvis Duran show, a local morning radio show here in the New York City area on Z100 (100.3 FM), when each of the DJs and members of the radio team would tell over what they were thankful for. With humor and seriousness the impact of what was being told really told a story of the simple things in life that we should all be thankful for. Not only just today but everyday.
One of the DJs told that he was thankful to see his mother come and greet him at the airport as he rarely gets to see her and as she gets older and older, smaller and smaller she tells him, "I come to the airport because I want to enjoy every second of your stay here with me." Suffice to say, I was not the only one, guy or girl, who came to tears when they heard this.
With that being said, I would like to share what I am thankful for. Something that we all take for granted very much:
Waking up in the morning with a conscience and take the first breath of life.
I am thankful that I have this capacity because without this I would not be alive today to see the many accomplishments and dreams which I wish to pursue. I would not be alive to see what a beautiful family I have and to tell them how much I love them. Most of all, I would not be able for my body to have an existence and a purpose to help make the world what it is today. We all must believe this about ourselves as we all have a purpose and a reason of being.
To enjoy life... A raison d'être to have joie de vivre if you will.
and to be thankful for it... for all eight days and then some.
To my family and friends, both aviation and non, I love each and everyone of you. You have no idea of the personal impact you have made and how it is has taught me emulate your ways.
We are off to Ireland tonight to meet with a very special friend and follower. If you are in the area please join us.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE!