I just saw on Sara's blog that she is doing 30 Days of Thankful, which has inspired me to do something similar, but call it "gratitude" instead just because I like that word better. The issue, though, is that I haven't given it any thought, really as to what I am grateful for.
So the first thing I came to think of is that I'm grateful that I have a job. Following that thought process, I went back to who I once had a job with, and it was with Perot Systems, owned by Ross Perot. I have mad respect for this man and his ideas. He is a true American and I am grateful every day that I am privileged to see how the rest of the world also respects this man when I come to the office and walk past all of awards and letters and statues that grace the halls of my office building. I also love the fact that this man still comes into the office every day and works. I see him down in the cafeteria every day at lunch and he always, ALWAYS, has a smile for people and says "Howdy" to them. His ideals of hard work and respect for others makes me want to do the best that I can.
A couple of weeks ago there was a reception in the cafeteria honoring Mr. Perot and his contributions to the soon to be opened Perot Museum of Nature and Science here in Dallas. The museum makes me with that I had kids so that I could purchase a family pass and go spend hours upon hours there.
However, there is one thing that Mr. Perot and I differ on, and that is our politics, but I respect his choices.