Finding Thanks On Thanksgiving

It’s been an interesting year for me; that goes without saying. It’s probably been an interesting year for everyone. All of us have these things we go through, both good and bad, but bad things are always easier to remember for some reason. I think that’s why the Star Wars movies are so popular, because there’s no gray area between the dark side and the force in those movies.

I made the short video below to talk about this, and I’m making this particular post short so those of you here in the states can get back to your Thanksgiving meal, your family, and all those other things that make the day special for you. For those of you in other countries… well, I hope you find things to be thankful for as well.

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Thanksgiving 2011; Is There Anything To Be Thankful For?

Wow, what an interesting calendar year. How things have changed or gone from Thanksgiving last year until now. I’m not only talking about this blog, but my life in general. For this blog, I wrote last year and put up an image of myself with a friend, and then had to tell people that wasn’t my wife; won’t make that mistake this year. lol


This is my wife and I

I’m finding myself wondering if there’s much to be thankful for this year. My grandmother first got hurt, and then passed away. I had to take a guy to small claims court, though I won. I worked on another project that took me more than 4 months to be paid for. The really big projects didn’t come through.

Had my first (last?) colonoscopy and then had a second one on the same day. I had to change diabetes doctors after 11 years. I had a few friends pass away that I wasn’t expecting it to happen to. The local symphony shut down, as well as a few of my favorite restaurants.

I had some issues with affiliates including one, Finish Line that not only didn’t pay me but then decided to drop me and threatened me while they were at it. And this year, for Thanksgiving, my mother is with her friend, my wife is with her friend, and I’m home by myself (at least for now).

Overall, it seems like it was a pretty hard year to deal with. Things to be thankful for? As I sit here trying to think of things there’s not all that much that comes up. However, one of the blessings of blogging is that you sometimes chronicle things that have happened that actually turned out to be a good thing. So let’s see…

I actually began the year by not only getting my first gig just days after the new year began, but I was named at a Fabulous 50 top blogger on the same day. Thanks Bev!

I created two new blogs this year. One is my Syracuse and central New York area blog called Syracuse Wiki. The other is my second business blog on SEO and social media for businesses called SEOX Blog. Both have done relatively well, even if they don’t get tons of comments.

I got to do some live presentations this year. I gave two presentations at a local library, one at a large conference, and one to my consulting group. I might be forgetting something but I’m not sure. I also got to be interviewed on a couple of podcasts and was in Bev Mahone’s real radio program one day this year.

I reached my 1,000th post on this blog and I started creating videos as well. According to YouTube I’m not breaking any records, but at least I’m producing something different.

We finally got Osaba bin Laden, and many other countries are seeing major changes as the people have realized just what kind of power they have… as long as the leaders of those countries decide not to just kill everyone that misbehaves, which also happened a couple of times.

I went to my first karaoke club this year and found it fascinating, although I doubt I’ll go again. I also got to go to Las Vegas for a conference and got a much different experience out of it than the first two times.

My online income started to increase drastically, not quite to the level I’d been hoping for but higher than any other year; that is, until this last Panda update, but even with that I’m going to have my best year ever.

I got personally reacquainted with old friends this year, going first to a reunion at my college, then to a memorial get-together for my friend that recently passed.

I also celebrated my 10th year in business this year; I never really thought I’d make it this long but now that I have I guess I should really learn how to do it better, eh? lol And I’m about to hit post #900 on my business blog, which is almost a shame for as long as I’ve had it compared to this one but hey, a milestone is a milestone.

If I have to be truthful, I’ve met a lot of new and wonderful people this year, both online and off. Even though it was under horrible circumstances I got to meet and get to know my grandmother’s brother, Uncle Bill. I’ve connected with relatives and old friends I never thought I would ever have the opportunity to interact with again via Facebook, so I’m not hating on that.

And finally, even though I continue to battle with diabetes and being tired all the time and vision and occasional short periods of depression and a few other things I won’t mention, when all is said and done I’m relatively healthy, still go to the gym on occasion, still get to go where I want when I want, and still have a lot of people that talk to me via social media, networking events, and just events in general; I even went to some parties this year (actually ate outside once this year at all; that’s Josh’s fault).

All that and the continuing visits from friends both old and new on this blog and my other blogs. I mean, weighted properly, I’d have to say that other than my grandmother not being with us anymore the year has actually given me a lot to be thankful for. With that, I thank all of you for putting up with me, I thank my wife and my mother (both of whom will never read any of this stuff) for hanging in there, and I guess I’ll thank me for not just quitting and going off into the wild blue yonder, however that would have manifested itself (nothing like suicide so don’t go there, but who hasn’t ever had a day when they just wanted to give it all up and go lay in bed forever?).

Thank you all, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving (and if you’re not from this country, I’ll just ask you to take some time and think about what you might be thankful for on this day as well). And just to see who actually reads all of this to the end, click on this link and mention what it is because I’m posting it just for you. 😉
 

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Sunday Question – Have You Thanked Anyone Recently?

Back in 2008, on my business blog, I wrote a post called Mitch’s List. It was an idea that came from a long time online friend of mine named Dean, and I thought it was a great idea.

That idea was to thank everyone who’d help to make the previous year or other years successful and fun. In that post, I also linked to as many people as I could to thank them for however they helped me, and that included friends as well. Of course, if they didn’t have anything for me to link to then I just mentioned them by name and moved on. I also let all of them know that I’d mentioned them in the blog post by email.

That felt good, but it also was one of the longest and most complicated posts I’d ever written. However, I realized that there were a lot of people I probably never really said “thank you” to that deserved it. I tend to be someone who says it a lot when someone is in front of me, but if not then I just forget; I talked about that memory thing last weekend.

Of course, as usual I’m writing this a few days beforehand, so I can’t tell you who I thanked on Saturday. But I can tell you that on Wednesday, when I didn’t see a lot of people, I thanked the guy who rang up my purchases at the grocery store; I thanked a friend of mine for visiting and for letting me talk about some things; I thanked my wife for bringing me home chili from work; and I thanked a lot of people for commenting on the blog.

I like to think I’m a fairly thankful guy, for the heathen that I am. lol And this being Thanksgiving week, I’m thankful that I get to go visit my mother and grandmother with my wife, and have a few nice meals there as well. I guess that’s what it’s all about.

I’m thankful to anyone who reads this post and comments on it as well. Have you thanked anyone lately?

Martha Stewart Flourish Wreath Thank You Note - Set of 25 by Crane & Co. - organize.com

Martha Stewart Flourish Wreath Thank You Note – Set of 25 by Crane & Co.






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