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Qui-Long Gone
11-20-2008, 02:37 PM
Times are tough in the USA, but you'll never see me on a raft to get into some other country.

Life can be a biatch somedays, but this is the greatest time to be alive!

With Thanksgiving around the corner, what are you thankful for?

1. My wife
2. My awsome kids
3. My health
4. My opportunities
5. Forums like this that make life silly
6. That tonight my family and I will go to bed and not have to fear that drug lords, dictators, or soldiers will come execute us in our sleep.
7. I've been working with the homeless this year, I'm thankful I'm not homeless.
8. There are things like SW that let you dream fantastical dreams.
9. Finally got my dissertation proposal accepted.
10. Got my roof fixed before winter!

pbarnard
11-20-2008, 03:54 PM
My wife. The month I spent alone with her in China really enforced this one
My senators and their staff for the arm twisting to get my wife her green card after 18 months of delays and non-answers by ICE officials
Health Insurance
New Job with decent benefits, both real and fringe
The ability to let go
Odd ball activities like here, FFURG, the trading buddies it brings
Pepsi and coke for finally making things that taste like the regular but are sugar/calorie free
MONKEYS. Specifically New World Monkeys.
The undeserved credit I got for writing platform planks at the county, district and state level
Millions of other people here getting it right, finally

Tycho
11-20-2008, 04:47 PM
Actually, I'm ungrateful. Here's some of my list of things I'm ungrateful for:

1. My health (which sucks and has disabled me).
2. Most of my Star Wars collection being put into storage by my uncle.
3. The way girls I'm interested in probably regard me now that I'm ill.
4. Religious people who make emotional decisions I know are completely illogical.
5. Hypocrisy - and that so many people can't think clearly enough to recognize it.

I do have things I'm thankful for, but one stagnates unless they are always striving to improve their position - or help others improve their status in life.

Qui-Long Gone
11-20-2008, 05:32 PM
I do have things I'm thankful for, but one stagnates unless they are always striving to improve their position - or help others improve their status in life.


I hardly think thankfulness - true, humble gratitude for the priviledge to be alive - causes stagnation....If one cannot be thankful for the opportunity to "improve their position," or for the help others give them to improve their status, does that really "improve" you? That strikes me as the most ironic form of hypocrisy.

sith_killer_99
11-20-2008, 05:54 PM
I am thankful for:

1. My wife and daughter (plus one on the way)
2. My health
3. The rest of my family
4. My friends
5. My career, which has provided for my family and I.
6. Being home (not deployed) during the holidays this year.
7. Having no debt.
8. Everyone here of SSG, many of whom fall into #4 as well.

bobafrett
11-20-2008, 11:25 PM
I am thankful for:

1. My family
2. My health
3. That I still have a job this Christmas
4. I have a roof over my head, (and my collection)
5. That I still have the freedom to make a choice
6. My Star Wars collection
7. GNR finally is releasing their long awaited new C.D.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-20-2008, 11:30 PM
Lately I've been feeling down for a variety of reasons - I'm not liking college, I don't know where to go, I have a medical issue that I thought was done several months ago but I have to deal with again (nothing very serious, but I'm mad that it's back), and my underbite is coming back for the first time in many, many years (my retainer has been tinkered with by the orthodontists to the point where it's actually making it worse instead of keeping it stable; this is after five years of braces which I was done with in early 2005). The last one seems trivial, but still.

However, I then have to realize that I'm pretty damn lucky if these are my biggest problems. Things are much worse for many people. I've got a loving family and supportive friends. I'm extremely happy with the outcome of the election and its probably future implications. There are still plenty of things to be thankful for and it's important not to let the bad ever overcome the good.

Bel-Cam Jos
11-20-2008, 11:58 PM
I have been in a long-term cynical mood, so I don't feel I can honestly reply here. I have been aware of my "good life" for some time now, but as a natural pessimist, I tend to notice the negatives more than the positives. I'm also a notorious miser and saver, so whenever there's been an economic downturn, I act little differently than normal.

My worst feeling is that as bad as I think things get (and '05 made me wish for a protocol droid memory wipe), I know they really aren't that bad, in comparison to others in the world. The fires near here the past week are evidence of that.

LTBasker
11-21-2008, 03:13 AM
I think I'm definitely spoiled with alot of things in my life, there are many things I've taken for granted and I've started to suffer the consequences for quite a bit of it. Despite the newfound consequences though, I still have trouble saying things I'm thankful for. I think mostly because I generally spend my time regretting the way my life is that I easily overlook the things I should be thankful for.

One thing I'm most definitely thankful for, however, is our house. Granted, I complain about it alot as it's got quite a few faults, but it's been a major stress relief, and I have no idea what we would have done last December otherwise. Last December we were in the middle of the major ice storm that plagued Oklahoma, and the house we were in we rented. The ice storm caused a branch to break and fall on the powerline yanking the circuit breaker right off the house. Fortunately, not only did we not have to deal with it financially due to renting the house, but also we didn't have to live with it since we were in the process of moving to our now-current house.

Tycho
11-21-2008, 03:11 PM
I think mostly because I generally spend my time regretting the way my life is that I easily overlook the things I should be thankful for.

I catch myself doing that, too. What I meant in my previous post is that I think it makes great use of one's time to cancel the regretful look back into one's past, and instead think outside-the-box as to how one will change their future. I have been teaching myself to REJECT all conventions of common culture and popular "morality," and see where I am and where I want to go. Then I determine the course of action for myself which will take me there (or the steps along the way).

I think we only know we have one life to live, so we must take everything we can for it.

stillakid
11-22-2008, 01:29 AM
Allow me to stir the pot a little...

I get irritated by the "be happy with you have" sentiment. I see it as a ploy by those who "HAVE" to convince the "HAVE NOT'S" to just quit trying to be better or have more.

"Be happy with what you have." "It could be worse." "There's more to life than money." "Money can't buy happiness."

B***S***. Money can't buy happiness, but having it certainly helps.

I've never been content with what I have. Could it be worse? Sure. But fortunately, I was born where I was in the family I was. I could've been born in the slums of Delhi or as some abused kid in a slum somewhere. I wasn't. But I just as easily could've been born into a megawealthy family and had the world at my fingertips, with the most beautiful women, the best cars, and money falling out of my pockets.

Point being, playing the "things could be worse" game is often never followed by the "things also could be better" because people want to feel like what they have is enough. Well, it isn't. We can all be better, as people and in wealth. Those who settle for "I'm happy with what I have" can have it. I'm personally not content with what I have and probably never will be. The moment I grow "content" is the moment I stop trying to be better and achieve more. If that happens, I might as well drop dead. :dead:

Am I thankful for what I have? Sure. "It could be worse." ;) But I also know it could be a lot better. :greedy:

Bel-Cam Jos
11-22-2008, 11:35 AM
I'd be thankful if some of you could help me out with compiling a Top Ten Thankful Songs list (LISTS... [drool]), as I am stumped on numbers 4-5 and 8-10.

BEL-CAM JOS' TOP TEN THANKFUL SONGS:
10.?
9. ?
8. ?
7. "Thanks for the Memories" Bob Hope
6. "Thank You" Alanis Morrisette
5. ?
4. ?
3. "Theme from The Golden Girls"
2. "Thank You (falettin me be mice elf again)" Sly & the Family Stone
1. "Kind and Generous" Natalie Merchant

Blue2th
11-22-2008, 01:24 PM
It's like your going along good in your comfy little life, sayin' to yourself " I got it pretty good" and then...BAM!!! you get blind sided.

You just want to get back to the way it was first, then make it better, then never take your good fortune for granted again.

btw: don't forget "Thank You" Led Zeppelin.

El Chuxter
11-22-2008, 02:11 PM
Duran Duran covered "Thank You," and I think Tony Toni Tone or a similar New Jack group had an unrelated song by the same name.

The Golden Girls theme was actually a minor hit in the 1970s, but I forget the dude's name.

And methinks Alanis spells hers "Thank U."

JetsAndHeels
11-22-2008, 02:16 PM
7. GNR finally is releasing their long awaited new C.D.

I was going to list that too!! It may be a double-edged sword though; we get a much anticipated album, but its release may be a sign of the apocalypse. :)

Things I am thankful for:

1. My wonderful family and friends
2. My health
3. Having a good job/career
4. Being able to have the freedom to enjoy all the things I do in life
5. Having the little things that often get taken for granted (like a roof over my head, running water, meals, etc.)

sith_killer_99
11-22-2008, 05:05 PM
Allow me to stir the pot a little...

I get irritated by the "be happy with you have" sentiment. I see it as a ploy by those who "HAVE" to convince the "HAVE NOT'S" to just quit trying to be better or have more.

"Be happy with what you have." "It could be worse." "There's more to life than money." "Money can't buy happiness."

B***S***. Money can't buy happiness, but having it certainly helps.

I've never been content with what I have. Could it be worse? Sure. But fortunately, I was born where I was in the family I was. I could've been born in the slums of Delhi or as some abused kid in a slum somewhere. I wasn't. But I just as easily could've been born into a megawealthy family and had the world at my fingertips, with the most beautiful women, the best cars, and money falling out of my pockets.

Point being, playing the "things could be worse" game is often never followed by the "things also could be better" because people want to feel like what they have is enough. Well, it isn't. We can all be better, as people and in wealth. Those who settle for "I'm happy with what I have" can have it. I'm personally not content with what I have and probably never will be. The moment I grow "content" is the moment I stop trying to be better and achieve more. If that happens, I might as well drop dead.

Am I thankful for what I have? Sure. "It could be worse." But I also know it could be a lot better.

I agree with your sentiment.

I have always been thankful for what I have, it's important to never take it for granted.

However, if one is to ever improve their station in life they must possess the desire to improve and strive for more.

Good is the enemy of great. Good allows one to become complacent...comfortable.

I see this a lot in the military. Soldiers reach a certain level and they don't want to progress any further. They do not want to take on additional duties or responsibilities. I have never held that attitude. This has served me well in my career, I want to take on more I want higher levels of responsibilities. As a result I have achieved a higher level of success.

Mad Slanted Powers
11-22-2008, 10:06 PM
I'd be thankful if some of you could help me out with compiling a Top Ten Thankful Songs list (LISTS... [drool]), as I am stumped on numbers 4-5 and 8-10.

BEL-CAM JOS' TOP TEN THANKFUL SONGS:
10.?
9. ?
8. ?
7. "Thanks for the Memories" Bob Hope
6. "Thank You" Alanis Morrisette
5. ?
4. ?
3. "Theme from The Golden Girls"
2. "Thank You (falettin me be mice elf again)" Sly & the Family Stone
1. "Kind and Generous" Natalie Merchant

Let's see, in my iTunes I have the following songs with "thank" in the title:

"Thanks Bro" - Filter
"Thank You For Sending Me An Angel" - Talking Heads

And of course, the Led Zeppelin song "Thank You" that has already been mentioned, and the Tori Amos cover of it.



The Golden Girls theme was actually a minor hit in the 1970s, but I forget the dude's name.Andrew Gold. He also had a hit with "Lonely Boy."

Edit - Found one more in my Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits that I forgot about:

John Denver - "Thank God I'm a Country Boy"

Blue2th
11-23-2008, 11:08 AM
...that's Andrew Gold: "Thank you for being a friend" in case you didn't mention it. ;)

ZZ Top: "I want to thank you"

"You didn't have to do me like you did.. but you did..but you did..and I thank you"