As we start into this holiday season I am always reminded that I should reflect on what has been given to me. I should be Thankful. It is easy for me to give thanks because I feel that I am a very rich and undeserving person. I am rich because I have been given, two great kids, the love of a good
woman, and I was a fighter pilot in the United States Navy. I can’t draw to a better hand than that, so I am thankful. Texas
But I can also be thankful for so much more in life. I am thankful that I was born in this country. Some people travel from all the corners of the world to get here to experience what we take for granted. So I am thankful to be an American and pursue happiness and the American dream. I am also thankful for my friends and neighbors, for my relatively good health, and for those years without struggle. Sometimes the friction of life can weigh heavily on anyone. But what I am thankful for mostly is something that we Americans take for granted year in and out.