Lately, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the things I’m thankful for. It’s partly due to the recent Thanksgiving holiday, but it’s also because this time of year always has me taking stock of how my year has gone overall. December is right around the corner, and the new year will be along soon enough as well.

While things can always be better in life, it’s important to keep things in perspective. Gratitude is a beautiful thing to practice, and goes a long way in helping me appreciate the things and people in my life.

This year, I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful for the few close friends I have, and I’m very thankful for my friends around the world who have helped to keep my head above water on a regular basis. For any of you who read this: Thank you so very much.

Despite so many things, I’m thankful for so many things. While it’s difficult to list them all here, this serves as a good record and reminder.

Perspective always matters.