Despite how you may feel, try and be thankful

Managing Editor Logan B. Anderson

Managing Editor Logan B. Anderson

MILFORD – Bear with me, I sat down to write my column in somewhat of a reflective, and potentially rambling, mood again.

Last week was a little frustrating for me. Looming deadlines, increasing challenges and other stuff nearly had me at the limit of my strength and patience. So Friday with my blood pressure rising, I decided to take a walk. I jumped up from my desk and announced, “I’ll be back later.”

I walked one block south and found myself strolling along the Mispillion Riverwalk. I went west, past the Riverfront Theatre. There was a lot of activity in the water there. Mom and baby ducks played along the water’s edge. A team of male ducks gathered together to do laps, charging up and down that part of the river. Two Canada geese slowly swam through while appearing to look down at the smaller animals they shared the river with. Turtles floated or crawled out on rocks and other ledges to bask in the sun.

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There was a lot of activity on the Mispillion River on May 22.

I stood there leaning against the railing of the boardwalk section of the river walk and thought about how thankful I was to have this opportunity to see all those things just blocks from my work and my home.

As the frustration and other feelings started to melt away, I was reminded of a conversation I had with a good friend – more of a father figure – recently.

A few weeks ago while talking about our days, my friend told me about a sort of epiphany he had recently. After a seemingly long stretch of bad days, he woke up early one morning in a sour mood. He went about his routine and headed to work. On his drive, he said is when it hit him. He asked himself, ‘Why am I in such a bad mood?’ He continued his thought, ‘I have a successful business, a loving family, I can walk and breath without any help, I have a lot of friends … I should be thankful.’

That is what he decided to be – more than being in a sour mood – he was going to be thankful. He started during the rest of his ride to work and continued throughout the day. He thanked his staff, he thanked his suppliers and thanked his customers. He said many people seemed to respond positively.

The next morning he got up feeling better than the day before. During his ride to work, he quietly thanked God for allowing him to wake up and for the air he breathed, etc.

Standing along the river walk Friday, my thoughts then drifted to a story I recently wrote. A couple of weeks ago,  The Journal profiled Richard Wilson. April 2015 was a special time for him and his family. He was celebrating life, as it marked the 10th anniversary of life-saving surgery that involved multiple organ transplants.

“Decade after multiple organ transplantation, Milford man is good,” can still be read on our website.

At the end of the story I included a quote from Mr. Wilson and I kind of wrote the story around it. And now, thinking about my friend’s advice and reflecting on other things, I think I missed the greater meaning of his words.

I asked him how he was feeling now, a decade after needing a new stomach, pancreas and small intestine. He simply said, “I am good.”

I thought he meant his health, but upon further reflection, he probably meant a lot more. Maybe that he was thankful to be alive and to be able to be a father.

When my friend told me of this efforts to be more thankful, he suggested I do the same thing. I tried for a while, but I am going to make a real effort to be more thankful from now on.

So, as I write this column, I am thankful for the opportunity to visit the Mispillion Riverwalk. I am thankful for thoughtful and inspiring friends. I am thankful that I get to meet people like Mr. Wilson. I am thankful for the other people in my life. I am thankful that I get to be a part of all the communities my newspapers and I serve. I am thankful to be a part of this newspaper. I am thankful that I get the opportunity to share my thoughts in these pages. I am thankful for you, my readers, for allowing me to express my ramblings in these columns.

Go out, take a walk; think about things you are thankful for. Let those thoughts be what leads your mind and remember to so your gratitude.

And again – thank you.

Managing Editor Logan B. Anderson can be reached at landerson@newszap.com. Follow @LoganBAnderson on Twitter.

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