As for myself, I really don’t need society telling me that November 28, 2013 – or any other day for that matter – is when I should be thankful for everything that I have in life.
Simply put, I wake up each and every single day full of gratitude for my health, my family and friends, and just to be alive, especially considering all that I have experienced as a result of my past addictions and risky behaviors over the years.
I would gladly give up one ear, hand or foot to be able to go back in time and change some things from my past, but of course, as a realist, I understand that is just not possible.
I miss my beloved late father, Irving Goldstein, more today than I ever have since he unexpectedly and sadly passed away from the effects of lung cancer and emphysema on January 23, 1999, while I was still on Rikers Island waiting to be sent upstate to serve my time for my robbery convictions.
I do my very best to live the right way these days, and only wish my father was around for me to love and help take care of.
As for my past addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, I am now clean & sober for six years and 29 days, and continue to get so much satisfaction out of passing the message of recovery onto those who are still sick and suffering.
I know that, even though I may not be responsible for my disease, I certainly am in charge of my recovery, and will always make remaining free from alcohol, drugs and gambling a top priority in my life.
Enough about me, though!
I only write my blog in order to help others, and hope that by revealing so much about myself, including many of my innermost thoughts, I can light a spark under you, my readers, to not only avoid some of the same mistakes and negative things I experienced in life, but to also live each and every single day of yours in the best possible fashion.
So, if giving thanks on that one special day of the year that society chooses to label it works for you, then by all means, stick with it.
As for me, I will have gratitude in my heart all year round, and know that all of us have greatness within that enables anything to become a reality if we apply ourselves and be thankful 24/7/365.
Thanks for reading!