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GIVING THANKS: Count Your Blessings Everyday!
By Jerry Aragon Ph.D (Phunny humor Doctor)   
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Last edited: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Posted: Thursday, November 03, 2011

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In 2012, Americans have many things to be thankful for; the winding down of two wars, that have lasted much too long; for a safer country and world; should you have good health; and for our most important possession... FREEDOM.

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Thankful/grateful;  On May 23 2012, I suffered a stroke, and (thank God) the damages were minimal (so far), and I'm thankful that I survived.  I spent one month in the hospital, and I had to learn how to walk again.   But, the stroke could have been fatal. 

Thankful/grateful;  Three months after the stroke, I started having sunburn-like discomfort pain on the left side of the face, etc.  Little streaks of lightning bolts, in and around the eye socket.  I was worried that I could lose my eyesight!  I went in to see my eye doctor, and after three hours and seven tests, nothing was found wrong, and everything was fine.  I am so grateful for that...

THANKSGIVING Is Everyday...when You  Have Your Health...

Thankful/grateful; FREEDOM;  For being born in the United States, and not some other country like Libya,  or Syria, where dictators suppress and kill there own people.  Hooray for the Red, White and Blue! 

Thankful/gratefulAfter I had the stroke, I met a fella in the hospital, who was wearing a black patch over one eye, where his stroke took out his vision in the left eye.  I fear for my vision, because there could be an after-shock (after the stroke), and I could have troubles with my vision down the road, etc.  I don't know what I would do if I went blind...it's a horrible thought.  I treasure the times, when I can see and enjoy a rainbow; a sunset, etc.  I'm so grateful for my vision...

"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, 'thank you,' that would suffice."  H.V. Westermyer

Thankful/gratefulFor the ability to speak.  I would guess it was due to a small stroke I had about ten years ago, but I lost my voice and began to stutter!  It was terrifying!  I couldn't say my name; my address; what city I lived in, etc.  Could I live stuttering?  I couldn't conduct any business by phone...it would be an awful existance.     

Thankful/grateful As I said in the opening of this piece, I am grateful and thankful for my health, because when I was younger, I didn't have my health, because of an accident to my neck and upper spine, when I was just 11 years old.  From this time on, I suffered of headaches and high blood pressure for over 40 years, etc.  Because of this, I never thought I would see the age of 55, and here I am;  I never thought I would see the age of 60 and here I am;  I never thought I would see the age of 65, and here I am;  and, now at the age of 67, I'm grateful that I am still here. 

Thankful/gratefulThat I was able, at the time, to serve my country in the United States Air Force. (four years)  It gives me a great feeling, that a person can do a tiny part to maintain the freedom, that is so vital for all the people of the United States.  I think freedom is everyone's most important possession. 

Thankful/grateful:  During my lifetime, I've had my share of bumps in the road, and during a ten year period, I was laid off SIX times, and struggled like so many other Americans.  The worst time in my life, I was hospitalized for over 3 1/2 months; and when I was discharged, I went to live in a homeless shelter for over two months; stood in a soup line at the age of 60 and lost all my possessions, etc.  At the time, I was grateful, that I had a roof over my head; and that I had something to eat, etc.  And, I was grateful and still am, that there are people who do this kind of work to help others.  I donate money to the homeless shelter when I can...

"As we express our gratitude, be must never forget, that the highest appreciation, is not to utter words...but to live by them."  John F. Kennedy

Thankful/grateful; Recently, I wrote an article, entitled, "My Mother Was a Racist."  I think the two words, 'mutual respect' could be the two most important words in the world.  Being Hispanic, my mother was taught to hate early in life....the hate for white people!  Of the ten kids in my family, nine of of us married white folk...which didn't sit well with my mother.  Nobody really liked being around my mother, because they knew she was a person of hate.  My family became a dysfunctional family, and I think my mother led the way.  She died at age 85, and took her hate with her to the grave.  I'm grateful I didn't grow up to be like her, etc. 

Thankful/grateful:  For having the determination to quit smoking in 1970.  I was just 24 at the time, and it's one of the best things I have done for me, my family, my pets and those around me.  The discipline to took, allowed to accomplish other important things in life.  I took me about a year to quit smoking, and it's one of the best things I've done in my life.   

Thankful/gratefulEveryone knows that carrying too much weight is bad for you, and could cause a heart attack or stroke, etc.  The discipline and sacrifice and determination I learned from quitting smoking...I applied to losing weight, and I lost 40 pounds in 2001.  It took me about a year to do it, and I'm now back to my old weight of 170 pounds

Thankful/grateful;  Diabetes is the # 7 killer in the United States.  In 2008, I was disgnosed with diabetes.  It was something I was not just going to ignor and it will go away.  I used the same principles I used to quit smoking and lose weight, and, at the time my A!C was 6.8.  After pricking my finger hundreds of times to gather data for myself and for my doctor...my A1C in 2011 is down to 5.9!   Over the years, I've known three people who have died from diabetes, including my aunt.  All three got blind and lost a leg before they died.  I am thankful that I have been able to get this disease under control

Thankfull/grateful;  The American people are the most giving people in the world...giving of their money; their time (volunteer); themselves (blood, etc. and the ultimate giving...of their lives!  I'm thankful that I have had the opportunity to give what I can...and when I can...to help those around the world who are less fortunate. 

Thankful/grateful;  Two other important words in the dictionary, are the words, "I'm sorry"  Both, my mother and father didn't know how to say these two words.  They would scream and yell at each other for 48 years...blaming each other for everything.  How they were together for over 50 years is beyond me. I am thankful, that I know how to say, 'I'm Sorry," because I've said it enough times...until I'm blue in the face, etc. 

"On Thanksgiving Day, we acknowledge our dependence."  William Jennings Bryan

Thankful/grateful:  When I was homeless at the age of 60, I lived at the local VA Medical Center for over four months.  While in the dorm with 15 other homeless veterans, most of them were there because of substance abuse was ruining their lives, etc.  I was there because of job losses and financial problems, etc.  I lived thorughout the drug culture of the 60's and 70's, and I have never touched drugs of any kind, and for that, I am thankfull.  I have two alcoholic brothers and one alcoholic sister, and I know how they destroyed the family because of drinking.  I am thankfull that these two evils, known as drugs and alcohol, haven't consumed my life, etc. 

Thankful/grateful One of the best things I've done in my life, is to become an organ donor.  On my way out, I'll know that somebody can be helped with my body...whether it's saving their life; helping them to see again or help cure other illnesses.

Thankful/grateful;  The coming of the Internet!  Boy, you don't think I've thankful to have been around the Internet and websites, etc.  Growing up, I could have never dreamed that this could have happened, and for the last several years, I have had a website and a writing site.  This has given me the opportunity to express my thoughts; my ideas and work all over the world. and just get the satifaction of seeing my work all over the world, etc. 

Thankful/gratefulIn my 40's I completed three writing courses;  The Writer's Digest course; The National Writers Club course, and a creative writing course at the University of New Mexico.  By doing this, it improved my writing skills, and now I have more confidence in writing than ever before.  It also prepared me to build my award-winning website and my writing site. 

"God has two dwellings...one in heaven...and the other in a thankful heart."  Izzak Walton

Thankful/grateful;  I'm thankful that I've been a Christian all my life.  But, a few years ago, I got off track...and I thought George Burns...was God (Oh, God/movie).  Boy, was I was wrong...George Burns was nothing but a cigar-chomping comedian!  (No wonder I suffered a stroke!)

You mean to tell me, that I've been worshiping that other god (George Burns) for all these years?  (shame on me!).  Well...I survived the stroke, so I'm thankful that somebody up there is watching over me.  ("Say goodnight, Gracie...Good night, Gracie."} 

Thankful/gratefulThis piece wouldn't be complete without a little humor.    I've been in the humor business for over 50 years (yawn, here), and I never get tired of putting a smile on somebody's face.  The sound of laughter is great and music for the soul.  Over the years, I've had hundreds of emails, and it would be difficult to pick one of my favorites.  If I had to choose one, it would have to be the one listed below.  After you read this, then you'll know why I've been in the humor business for so long. I am thankful, that I have been blessed with the ability to make people laugh.    

"Greetings Jerry:  I wish to thank you for brightening my day a bit.  You see, my mother passed away on July 2, 2003, and I am trying hard to get back into the swing of things.  Being the 4th of July, we all had gathered at her place for a big bang and celebration.  Thanks for the laughs I had today. ..Wayne"

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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 10/8/2012
Yes, many should give thanks that we live in the U.S. At least we have frrdom to worship , speak , and work . ect ect. i hope you are feeling better by now. I take plavix every other day , so I won't have any more TIAs...M
Reviewed by John Bidwell 11/3/2011
I wish everyone would read this today.
I'm thankful I did.
:)

John



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