Fall is one of the best times of the year. Other than Summer, Spring and Winter of course. Kidding aside, it’s because of the Holidays. My favorite of course is Thanksgiving Day! I think it is the best holiday of the year, but that’s just me…
This Thanksgiving Day, I reflected on quite a few events in my life which made me truly grateful. As you know, I had bypass surgery two years, one month and 21 days ago (but who’s counting?) which gave me a second chapter in my life.
What the doctor told me before the surgery was I was days away from a fatal heart attack. Two cardiologist, one surgeon and at least two nurses insisted that I should get the surgery. I was stubborn because I wanted to go home and relax for the weekend but I finally caved in when my wife started crying.
I’m SO thankful for that life extension.
My wife, son, daughter and grandson are of course one of the many people I’m much thankful for. I also have a future son-in-law and daughter-in-law who are two of the finest people you could have ever met.
I am also thankful to a few other wonderful people I have met who have positively impacted my life.
As I reflected on my past life, I realized that opportunities most often show up unexpectedly. I went to a big metropolitan city when I was seventeen. I was very excited even though I couldn’t find a job for a few months. Then one day, this rich businessman (that my Mom used to work for) told my Mom that if I am looking for a job, he could give me one.
He had me live in his house as additional “security guard” because a few months earlier they had a house invasion and one of their maids died and another was injured. I lived in a small room in his house, commuted to his office and worked as a messenger and janitor. At night I went to attend college classes. The work was hard, and the pay was low but it was a good start.
After a year, he opened a heavy equipment parts business and he transferred me there as inventory clerk, purchasing clerk, shipping clerk, messenger, delivery man and collections specialist. Talk about multi-tasking. But I was happy that I got promoted from being a janitor.
In the meantime I have sent in my application to the U.S. Navy. Three years later, I was called in for a written test and interview. Passed both – so I was asked to come in for another written test, another interview and a medical exam. That was the initial five months before I made a 20 year career in the navy.
In the navy, I had several leaders and shipmates who have been very supportive. Teamwork was a necessity to get our job done. Without them, it would be supremely hard to finish a 20-year career successfully.
Having a supportive wife is a must in a job where family separation is the norm, and my wife was.
I have to remind myself all the time that God has been looking out for me all these past years, in the present and future endeavors.
And for all of the above, I am very thankful to Him.
Happy Thanksgiving Day, dear readers!