Sunday, December 27, 2009


I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
--G.K. Chesterton

So far I've taken two approaches to turning 40: apprehension, as befits what they call the mid-life crisis; and levity, because humor seemed the best way to deal with the anxieties. In that hustle and bustle, I think I may have left out gratitude.

Forty marks a major milestone, and I have many things to be thankful for:

  • Good health.
  • A complete family, also in good health.
  • Friends, lots of good friends.
  • A multifarious and storied career in IT and literature.
  • Time.
  • Traveling adventures.
  • A full head of hair, still mostly black.
  • Improving vision.
  • Books.
  • Comics.
  • Games.
  • A grand toy collection.
  • Continuous learning.
  • Christian philosophy.
  • Teaching. And being cool about it.
  • A healthy and egalitarian skepticism of humans in general.
  • Being able to laugh heartily.
  • Being single and unattached (though that situation may change soon ;-)
  • Surprise.
For all these things, I'm mighty thankful. There may have been occasions for regret here and there, but otherwise I'm happy at how I'm turning out so far.