It is a little past midnight, making this my "official" Thanksgiving post. Over the last week I have considered writing about a lot of Thanksgiving topics: what it means to be thankful, how do you give thanks in all circumstances, perhaps a list of the things I'm the most grateful for, then it hit me ... tonight I want to share a list of some of the things that I'm not grateful enough for. You know, some of the common, every day things or moments that I really take for granted. Things like:

1) CLEAN SOCKS
Seriously, I hate putting on socks that are wrinkled, cold, dirty, and worst of all, still a little damp from the previous day's wearing ...

2) RIDICULOUS MOVIES
Case and point, Patrick Swayze's movie Roadhouse. As the movie review website Rotten Tomatoes puts it: "Who in their right mind could possibly believe a story about a world-famous bouncer who's also a pacifist philosopher? Who cares!" Seriously, I watch it every time it's on TV. It's so bad that it make me forget everything going on around me just so I can get sucked into it's beautiful awfulness ...

3) TUMMS
I'm not saying I like the chalky aftertaste or the terrible flavors, but I do enjoy the results after I eat way more than I should. Speaking of which, I have a bottle ready for tomorrow ...

4) NETFLIX (& Hulu & Amazon Prime)
This may seem a bit too serious to put on a list like this, but it's for more than the joy of watching entire series that I forgot existed. I'm super thankful for these streaming services because they've lowered our cable/satellite bills by $50+ bucks a month ...

5) BAD DRIVERS
As a pastor I really try to hold my reactions and emotions in check. Sometimes it takes a lot of work to not explode after counseling people who have absolutely no intention of taking the very counsel that they asked for, simply because I won't give them permission to do the stupid things I told them to stop doing. This is where a bad driver comes in handy. In my car, alone, where no one can really see or hear me, I can feel justified in verbally blowing up the bad drivers who vehicularly offend me ...

6) ZERGNET
This site is a guilty pleasure for me and almost anyone who has a Facebook account. It is the mother of all entertainment list sites and is single handedly responsible for increasing my mental storehouse of completely useless information (and wasting large amounts of time) ...

7) FEBREZE
Every bathroom should require Febreze. Every. Bathroom. Period ...

8) CLASSIC ROCK STATIONS
Yes, I still listen to that ancient piece of equipment in my car, you know, the one with all of the shiny buttons that my daughters keep plugging their iPods into! And on that antiquated machinery I enjoy any station that plays Journey, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, and The Police more than Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Selena Gomez, and One Direction ...

9) SLEEP
The older I get, the more I enjoy sleeping. Every part of it - the going to sleep, drifting off and melting the stress of life fade away, the hard sleep, when I could give a rip less about life, the waking up recharged and ready to go ... In all honestly, when I was 20 years younger I don't recall literally looking forward to bed-time ...

10) ALL THE PEOPLE I GET TO SHARE THIS STUFF WITH
That's right, my wife, my girls, my family, my friends, my church, all of you reading this silly list. It's exactly what the website says - I'm an ordinary guy who is extraordinarily blessed ... and grateful.

On a serious note, today I am very grateful for so much that the real list would take pages to type. Make sure you take a few minutes today to reflect on what you have, big or small, to be thankful for.

God bless you, and happy Thanksgiving from An Ordinary Guy.

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