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November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving

It is always good to remind yourself what you have to be thankful for.

  • First and foremost, my family and wonderful wife and kids. Tera lets me do almost anything and has endured 10 years of marriage to a guy that has spent the better part of our marriage at sporting events, skiing, jeeping, in school, or working multiple jobs. The kids give me someone to pick on or go skiing with.
  • Our health. Tera got quite a scare last year after having Lindsey and it puts into perspective that life is fragile.
  • Our jobs, our businesses, our home, and our finances. We don't have everything we want all the time, but we live a blessed life. We don't long for anything we need and have an abundance that we are able to share with others. We try to give back as much as we can and display gratitude and charity for our good fortune.

There are so many other things. Our condo, twin tip skis, Wickenburg Football, good snow... But without your family, your health, and some good fortune, it is difficult to enjoy them.

This year has been very interesting. My brother lived with us for 8 months after seperating from his wife. My wife and I celebrated 10 years of marriage. We spent countless days and hours remodelling our condo and skiing while we were there. I enjoyed my first full season as a Suns season ticket holder. My first season owning a condo. Spending a winter with my dad and my brothers Jeremy and Jackson. We took a wonderful vacation and spent even more time at the condo whenever we could.

I firmly believe in something that coaches have said over and over in football--you create your own luck through hard work, dedication, being in the right place, and preparation. I have spent the better part of the last ten years in college and working sometimes two or three jobs at the same time. Sacrificed time with family and friends and doing lots of the fun things that my peers got to do. I haven't owned a boat or quads or a toy hauler. I don't smoke or have many bad habits. I don't gamble. I believe that these things help contribute to our health and prosperity, but that there is a little bit of luck involved. You submit to a higher power and recognize that you can only control so much. But you make sure to control the things that you can.

It has only been in the last year that I have really come to realize that these same sports philosophies apply to life in general. Some people have the luck to marry well or inherit from the hard work or fortune of others. Just like some people have natural athletic talent and others have to work every single day to get better. We have to create their own opportunties through hard work and preparation. I am thankful for the grandparents that I had that taught me how to work. It is difficult to enjoy life sometimes when there is still work to be done. The holidays always provide that opportunity. I can relax, take my vacation time, ski, and prepare for another year of hard work.

Enjoy the holidays and enjoy the time with family. I enjoyed spending yesterday with Jake and Tera and Jarrett and Lindsey. I enjoyed today with my uncles and cousins watching football and eating turkey.

Posted by Justin at November 23, 2006 11:38 PM