I was looking over a list of items I had written about 2 years ago on my blog, Thanksgiving Thoughts. Seeing the 8 things I had listed there I realized that list is still applicable. Except I have a few more things to add.
If you notice in that 2011 list, I’ve included my wife as #1. She still puts up with those same idiosyncrasies, same busy schedule, same time away from me because of travel… she’s still my #1!
But I’d also add my thanks for two great kids. My daughter is with a team of mission workers in Uganda right now, helping young children, serving the poor, and making me very proud. And my son is doing well in college in Palm Beach, Florida, pursuing a career in theater (yeah, he’s in the tropics, on an ocean – but somebody had to do it!).
I still have a great staff. I’m also thankful for the new people with us that have been added in the last year. They all help make Onstage Success and Tom Jackson Productions run smoothly.
On that original list of “thanks,” I included the fact that I have work, and that I love the work I do. That’s definitely still on my list of things to be grateful for! But in addition, this year I’m also glad that work has been expanding, it’s been bringing me into contact with a lot of new friends, and has given me a renewed passion for getting more people introduced to my Live Music Method.
I’m still thankful for the artists I work with… still thankful for all the industry friends I have all over the world. I met even more this year with trips all over the US, Canada, and across the great country of Australia!
Plus, I’ll also add to the list of friends & associates the people from the numerous charities I work with. I am extremely grateful for the work they do, helping the poorest of the poor. And I am glad they allow me to be a part of their team, and that I can bring artists into the associate programs we’ve helped them set up.
And finally, there was this last item on the list from 2011:
8. I’m especially grateful for the grace God shows me, and for him allowing me to pursue my dreams!
I can’t add any more to that one… it remains the same year after year.
What about you? Even if your country isn’t celebrating a Thanksgiving holiday this week, I’d love to hear about the things you are most thankful for.
I hope every one of you reading this will leave a comment below about the thing you are most thankful about in your life, your career, your work right now! I look forward to reading them…