As the year winds down, people have taken the time to begin taking stock of their life, the year, the decade, whatever moves them.It usually begins now as we share the things we have to be thankful for.This year has been a struggle for me and Deb and promises to be tough in the coming months as I switch from fulltime freelance to part-time freelancer and fulltime student. There have been health issues and the general frustrations that come with being a homeowner, an employee, a citizen of the United States, and a human being on Earth.So, finding the things to be thankful for isn’t coming as easily as usual.But, once I put my mind to it, obviously there are plenty of things to appreciate.It begins with Deb, my partner in the journey. We passed the 30 year mark and show no signs of slowing down. It continues with Kate whose accomplishments continue to shock and awe us.It also encompasses our friends and neighbors. Once more, when things grew tough, we have been showered with love and support. Those nearby and those far away have been sources of strength and without them, life gets a lot less interesting.I’m thankful that we continue to live in a country that enforces freedom of thought and expression no matter how much we don’t necessarily like what we see, hear, or read. As we watch other peoples suffer with fraudulent elections robbing them of their voice, we had a contentious but perfectly legal election that continues to be a beacon for others.Enjoy the feast by yourself or with friends or with family. Take the time to be kind to yourself and those around you. Do something for those less fortunate and be thankful you can be of help.