As I get ready to play Santa for some adopted children today, I have to reflect on how grateful I am for where I am now. I am first grateful for my new wife, who with her creative spirit, gentle soul and settled nature, she has given me a security and a friendship that I truly need in this transitional time in my life. She is what a soul mate should be and I am glad she is a part of my life.
I am grateful for my son, who with his brilliance that is daily developing and his gentle, yet adventurous nature, has given me the joy of being a father that just a decade ago I did not think I was going to experience. Now that my political career has taken a less active turn, it is time now to spend more time with him and develop an even stronger bond with him.
I am grateful for my parents, who despite financial and health challenges that many middle class families are experiencing, especially in their later years, they are active and loving and as optimistic as ever. They have been supportive to me as only parents can be and have been my conscience when things were muddled.
I am grateful for my friends who truly know me as I am, not the public persona that I have to convey in my professional life. They have been my coach when I was down, and have been my best cheerleaders when I was up. They have even made things move when I think I have hit a dead end. I can never thank you enough and my loyalty toward you all will never waver.
Finally, I am grateful to God for being my protector and provider, especially now. My faith has been my strength throughout my life, even in its darkest moments. It was Dr. King that said only in the darkness can one see the stars. Well, it was God that put those stars there and those stars remind me of goals to continue to reach and causes that need to be still fought.
His grace and mercy has given me a chance to continue my work and His plan for me is still unfolding. No weapon that is formed against me, nor any person that stands against me, shall prosper or prevail. The prophet Micah reminds those that define themselves as enemies not to rejoice, for I will rise again.
Gratefulness is almost a lost human element in this disposable society we live in. I encourage those who read this to take the time to acknowledge what they are grateful for and to continue to fight for what they love and believe in.