I am awake. I am alive. I have an alarm clock that I can turn off. And I have a job that I love.
Thank you for my children, every bit of them, the good and the bad. I know there’s lots of people that can’t have children or that have lost theirs.
Thank you for their teachers and their friends. There’s lots of kids in this world that never get a shot at a decent education.
Thank you for my parents. They’re still with us and they love me, even though I might go weeks without calling them.
Thank you for the athletic ability that enables me to clean up after my dogs.
Thank you for all of our firefighters, police officers, our fighting men and women, and the guys that work for Duke Energy who come turn your power back after a tree falls across the power lines.
Thank you for the parents of my patients. Especially the ones that have never met me before and trust me with their most precious possession, even though their child may fuss or look scared. Hey, I scare myself when I look in the mirror. And thank you for my eyesight.
Thank you for the parents that bring their child back to this office every six months. Only you know what that really and truly means to me. Thank you for these patient, kind souls that work with me. They brighten my day although I often forget to tell them. They are a treasure.
Thank you for a job I love beyond anything I ever imagined. Astronaut, Navy SEAL, Game Show Host. I know in my heart that I was put on this earth to win over a four year old that tells Mom “No! I don’t wanna!”
Thank you for putting me where you want me instead of where I thought I wanted to be.
Thank you for another day, whether the day went my way or not. At the end of the day, I have a heartbeat to share with my family.
Thank you for not letting me alienate anyone today. This is your place, not mine. Thank you for letting me enjoy this day and be an integral part of your glorious creation.
Help me to not let you down. Help me to not be oblivious to all your gifts.
I am your humble servant, Mark.