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What I am Thankful For

I meant to write this post earlier in the week; however, the flu took the wind from my sails, especially when you consider it hit the entire family back to back. The flu season was not kind to the Taylor tribe. H1N1 and the “regular” flu. I can say, without a shadow of doubt, that the “regular” flu was much worst.

Although there isn’t much time until Christmas; some have already celebrated with extended families, I still would like to share what I am thankful for. And at the end of the day, this applies not just on Christmas.

Family:

I am most thankful for my family, without which I would not be who I am and where I am today. My wife deserves the utmost in respect and love. After all, she can actually live with me and be happy while doing it….no small feat indeed! She makes me a better person and is certainly my better half. My wife has blessed us with 2 wonderful children and soon to be a third. Words cannot express how I feel about my children. I am in eternal amazement. What a blessing. I am also blessed with a wonderful mom and younger sister, both of whom stood by me when times were hard, really hard, so I could complete my education. Marrying Sue also came with a very large extended family, and they are all wonderful. Yes, the in-laws are great….told you I was blessed. Family is what keeps me going.

Profession:

I am thankful to say that I truly love my job. I get up in the morning looking forward to what comes my way. It is #agriculture afterall. I get to deal with mathematics, science, logistics, animals, SCM, CRM, manufacturing, sales, development, marketing, business analysis, project management, and above all else, #farmers. Agriculture brings me a great deal of joy and satisfaction. What I am doing will hopefully have a positive impact on future generations (my children and beyond). What more could you ask for in a carreer?

Health:

At this current moment our entire family is healthy, excluding a short bout with the flu. Given the size of our family, this is a major positive. I am thankful that we are all healthy as this is a major component in an active lifestyle.

Twitter:

Yes, I just put that as a heading. And yes I am ever so thankful for Twitter…here is why in two words: Relationships & Knowledge. For me twitter is much much more than a marketing, business, or “just having fun” tool. Not that it isn’t any of these and I certainly do not want to detract from any of them. To each his own. I actually have a business account (@zedxinc) to gain visibility and manage the brand of my company ZedX. What I mean is the lasting relationships I have made thanks to Twitter. Just let the “lasting” part sink in. This is both from a personal and professional standpoint. How awesome is it to find people like that?

Knowledge you say? Why yes, knowledge. There hasn’t been a day go by that I have not learned something from the wonderful people I follow. Not only are they funny and witty, but the content they share, to take an expression from a twitter friend of mine @lakelady, “fertilizes my stream”.

Conclusion:

I must keep this short and to the point as there are still remnants of the flu around. Let us all reflect back on what is and what should be important in our lives. There is sometimes a disconnect there, and I stand guilty of this as well. I can assure you that once you live your life by what is truly important, all the wonderful verbs like happiness, contentedness, satisfaction, love, and passion will be words you utilize every day to describe what you are up to….without even thinking about it!

To all my twitter friends, thank you so much for what you have graciously shared over this past year. I look forward to a fruitful 2010 with you all. One last bit of thanks to my lovely wife. The past 11 years of marriage have flown by much to quickly. I aspire to have a soul like hers. If you knew her, you may feel the same. So, thanks for the past 11 years honey. You are the best!

I leave you with this quote as we move into the year 2010 AD. (Anyone who follows me on twitter knows just how much I love quotes!!! :-))

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
— Melody Beattie

Well said Melody, well said indeed. It is also exactly what I feel when I reflect back on 2009 – #Gratitude

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Veteran’s Day 2009

It is November 11th, 2009. As we go about our day today, let’s all take a minute and reflect back on what our military men and women have done for our country.

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I had a recent conversation with a friend of mine on Twitter. We were actually talking about the current Health Care legislation on the floor of Congress. He made the statement that we have all heard many times before, “freedom isn’t free”. How very true that is.

Costs of War:

Freedom and the ability to choose your own destiny costs, sometimes dearly. Our ancestors new this and believed in it to their very core. As a result, we won The Revolutionary War and defeated one of the worlds greatest empires. Ever since, this country has enjoyed an extremely dedicated Armed Forces. The men and women who served, and still serve, make sacrifices day-in and day-out to ensure our safety and freedom. All told, as of August 2007, approximately 1 million military members have paid the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf, with some 1.5 million more wounded. It would do us all good to remember these sobering numbers. And the sacrifice goes further when we look at the families of these heroes. While their loved ones were/are serving on the front lines protecting our country, their mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, sons, daughters, and all other family members were/are at home with constant worry. Life does not stop at home when duty calls our soldiers; it keeps moving. So while we are thinking about what Veterans Day means to us, let’s all remember what it means to the families who sacrifice every day. Costs indeed.

Brief Overview of Veterans Day

Veterans Day was originally started at the end of World War I, “The Great War”. It was first called Armistice Day to signal the end of “the war to end all wars.” President Wilson proclaimed the first ever Armistice Day on November 11th, 1919 with the following statement:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

In 1938, Armistice Day became a federal holiday under Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a). The name was later changed to Veterans Day as a result of the World War II troop mobilizations and at the request of veterans organizations in 1954 so we could honor all veterans of all wars.

Eisenhower signs Vets Day resolution

We honor the service and sacrifice our military members and their families make by remembering what it took to get us here. We take part in parades and celebrations today, spend time listening to the various ceremonies, make an extra special effort to reach out to our friends in the military and offer our thanks, and volunteer at local festivities. All of these activities are wonderful; however, I urge you to consider doing a little more. There are many ways to help: check out The USO, DOD website, or search local organizations sending care packages to troops currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Our Troops

I attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy. As such, I have friends of mine who are still deployed overseas. They proudly serve our country and do so despite the political maneuvering back here at home. What they do for us transcends politics, and thankfully so. I am so grateful for our military members and families. On this day especially, I truly hope our politicians can see past their differences to formulate an effective strategy to accomplish our goals and bring our soldiers, my friends, back home. Thanks to all veterans of all branches of service. Your dedication and service make us a better country.

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