I am thankful for my family…however large and dysfunctional as it can be.
I am thankful for the loving man I have had the pleasure of calling my partner for nearly 15 years.
I am thankful for my family of friends, including both those I get to see on a regular basis and those I have to contact on the Internet and by phone.
I am thankful for living in a country where I am free to do a blog and podcast and have a platform to share my thoughts and beliefs with others.
I am thankful for being able to attend the church of my choice, sing songs in different languages from different countries, and take communion without fear of persecution from a governmental establishment.
I am thankful that I have functioning lungs to breathe, a strong heart for circulation, ears to hear the beautiful sounds of nature, and eyes to see the wonders that exist on this planet on which we live.
I am thankful that in 2013, I can be who I am without as much fear of others as those who have gone before me, murdered because they decided that living their life without fear of judgment was better than being mentally caged and tormented by those who believe life can only consist of what they approve.
Thanksgiving is a day we’ve set aside as a special day of reflection. Today, however, should not be the only day in the year when people give thanks for the special things in their life.