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Thank you I am Thankful for a lot of things in my Life There is always Something to be thankful for 30 Days of Thanksgiving 2013 Summary Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Index Download the eBook * On the Web Version 1 – November 16, 2013
I wanted to thank everybody for participating in the “30 Days of Thanksgiving” Challenge both via this page and the associated discussion group. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be to keep up with all the days and always share something new that I was thankful for, but I think it was a good run. As we are wrapping up November, I am not planning on doing much more with this page until next October/November. You might be interested in a new page that I’m starting up called Christmas in Michigan, which will be a place to discuss the holiday season. Watch for an invitation soon. You are all welcomed to participate. I hope that all of your Thanksgivings were fun and enjoyable. Until next year, Jon Morgan
I am Thankful for a lot of things in my Life
In many ways, my life is not perfect. It didn’t even turn out the way that I thought it would. But, this Thanksgiving I will be thinking about a lot of the ways that I’ve been blessed. I’m married, have three healthy children, am fully employed, and am surrounded by friends and neighbors who care about us. Our move to Shepherd took us away from family, but I don’t think that we could have picked a nicer community to live in. Although they are far away, I’m thankful for my parents, sister, nieces and nephews. I’m thankful that I’m me. This might sound silly because, duh, who else would I be? I guess it makes more sense to say that I’m glad that I am the person that I am, with talents in technology, critical thinking, and creativity which have helped to carry me for most of my professional life. I’m also thankful that I graduated from college when I did, because it was just in time for me to get my first job as a web developer and kick off a career in web development. Suggest Edits | Activity Feed | Respond
There is always Something to be thankful for
When this graphic came across my feed, I thought it would be a perfect quote to share with the 30DOT page. “There is always something to be thankful for.” I think that it’s true that no matter how bad things might seem, its almost always possible to find a way to look on the bright side. Lost your job? Well, now you can explore a new career or pick up a new hobby. What are some things that you do to stay positive? I wrote in one of my thankfulness posts that I’ve gone through several periods of unemployment. I find that as stressful and uncomfortable as those times were, being without a job actually opened up some new opportunities that I wouldn’t have expected. First of all, while I was in between jobs back in 2000 my wife went back to work and I stayed home with our daughter, Kayla, who was right around a year old at the time. I think that the time I spent taking care of Kayla really helped us bond as father and daughter. I also used the extra time I had to produce a series of birthday videos for Kayla’s first birthday, which also gave me a chance to dabble in video production without the stress of having to meet someone else’s schedule or standards. While I was unemployment and hunting for a job in 2007, I was able to dabble a little bit more in web design. I became involved by developing a website for the Shepherd Sesquicentennial. I later joined the village’s Planning commission, a position that I am still serving. I was never happy about any of my job changes, but as I look back I’ve grown to understand that it might have all been for a specific reason. There is no other way that I could have gained the combination of skills and experience that I have now, other than holding those different jobs. If I could have known then what I know now, I might have been able to relax a little bit more and feel thankful for the opportunities that were being offered to me. Options: View | Suggest Edits | Activity Feed | Discuss | Vote
30 Days of Thanksgiving 2013 Summary
Jon Morgan Day 4 – Today I am thankful for my job which I’ve had for about six years. This is the longest I’ve been with any company. Other than being able to earn money for essentials like food, utilities, and iPhones, I’ve met a lot of great people and learned a lot of new things where I work. I was offered a position at eduguide at a time when I wasn’t getting any responses to job applications and my unemployment had just run out. I’m thankful that I got that call and offer at exactly the right time. SY Taylor I am thankful that I just got hired part time at Livingston County!! Now I can pay bills!! Jon Morgan You work for the county or for the paper? SY Taylor No, the County!! I had thought about applying to the Argus, but…..! Jon Morgan Well, that’s cool. I have a friend who works for Isabella County and he seems happy there.
Jon Morgan Day 5 – I’m thankful for my parents who helped me in ways that I’m only now beginning to understand. SY Taylor Friends and family – they have helped me to become who I am today and have helped me through some tough times!!
Jon Morgan Day 6 – I’m going to be making a drive on Wednesday to Flint on my own, so it seemed fitting to give thanks for my Cobalt which for the most part has been relatively dependable during the last two years that we’ve owned it. Also, that we have money for gas so that I will be able to get there and get back home without worrying about running out. SY Taylor I don’t know how I skipped this day! I guess I am thankful that alzheimer’s hasn’t set in, totally…
Jon Morgan Day 7 – I wanted to say that I’m thankful for my good health. My tune might change the next time I come down with a bad cold, but I always know that for the most part I have been very fortunate. 1 SY Taylor I am thankful that I have a car that runs. Nuff said!!
Jon Morgan Day 8 – I am thankful for my kids. My oldest son, Josh, celebrates his 11th birthday next Monday. SY Taylor I am thankful for my health!! Even though I am in my fifties I can still throw down!! 6
Jon Morgan Day 9 – I’m thankful that the Internet and the web took off when it did, because without it the jobs I’ve gotten wouldn’t have existed. The timing was impeccable, too, because I got started as a web designer before companies could expect candidates with lots of experience with web development. It was perfect for someone like me who was fresh out of college and had only built one website! SY Taylor Definitely thankful for the internet!!! Jon Morgan Can you imagine how we would have managed this kind of thing in the 80′s or 90′s? Probably would have been waiting for letters to go back and forth. Or, would be on the phone a lot. SY Taylor No doubt!!! I remember sticking that “phone” into the rubber thingie in order to get on the internet!! Jon Morgan That’s funny you mention that, because I was watching “War Games,” and Mathew Broderick had to do the same thing in order to dial into a computer. Even funnier is that I never had to use that kind of device..I’ve only known an internet connection made possible via modems, at the very least. SY Taylor I’m showing my age….!! Jon Morgan That’s okay..the majority of kids who use the internet now probably don’t even know what a modem is or that we used to get our internet over the telephone lines.
Jon Morgan Day 10 – I’m thankful for my son, Joshua, who reminded me of the benefits of taking chances and introduced me to Minecraft. SY Taylor I am thankful for my husband, who introduced me to Long John Silvers and Red Lobster!! Boy, these days sure are flying by…seems like it was only an hour ago that we lived thru days 8 and 9…!!
SY Taylor I am thankful that other people are as confused and forgetful as I am sometimes, even to the point of getting days mixed up! (see also, Day 12…) Jon Morgan I am thankful that I survived Day 11 (Ha!)
Jon Morgan Day 12 – I’m thankful that I live in a world where someone can invent a fictional device like a handheld computer, or a life saving medical procedure, and then 30 years later we are actually seeing something like that come into fruition. Even amazing is that our imaginations are still thinking up new stuff that could be invented 20 or 40 years down the road. SY Taylor I don’t know what I would do without my sense of humor – it has gotten me through many a rough day, so I am very thankful for that!
Jon Morgan Day 13 – I’m thankful for both of my older kids Kayla Morgan and Josh who helped to keep me centered when I was unemployed and looking for work. Once in Lansing and twice while we’ve been living in Shepherd. Hated being jobless, but liked the opportunity to spend some quality time with the kids.∙ 1 SY Taylor I am very thankful for my mother, who has supported me in all of my endeavors, successful or otherwise! Love you, Ma!
Jon Morgan Day 14 – I’m thankful for my parents. SY Taylor Is it Day 14 already? I just did 11 and 13?! I am thankful for the great guidance I have had in my life from friends and family!! (see Days 11 and 12)
Jon Morgan Day 15 – I’m thankful to my wife Theresa Morgan for carrying and then delivering three beautiful babies.
Jon Morgan Day 16 – I’m thankful for electricity and the people whose job it is to come and work on the lines and other equipment when we lost electricity. It’s amazing how quickly one’s perspective changes when they’ve lost power, even if its just for a few hours.
Jon Morgan Day 17 – I am thankful that I knew Jim Bush, a resident of Shepherd who passed away a few years ago. I probably didn’t know him as well as most people given that I was new to town. I admired him for his generosity and the way that he supported the community. He inspired me to stay involved in the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival and to give my time to the community when I can.
Jon Morgan Day 18 – I’m grateful for my former managers who believed me and showed me how to believe in myself. Web | SuggestEdits | Respond| Discuss| Email| ActivityFeed |
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Thanksgiving only comes once a year, but in November 2013 followers of the "Thirty Days of Thanksgiving" Facebook fan page participated in (almost) thirty days of thankfulness. The page and associated group on Facebook prompted members to write about one thing they were thankful for each day of November.
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