Thank You — and Happy Thanksgiving 2016 to You

T hese days, realizing how fortunate we truly are can be taken for granted every day, as there is always something to challenge us and test our mettle. Will we be successful at resolving issues and incidents which have a negative impact upon us?

The answer is yes — and no. Sometimes we will be successful; and sometimes not — but we have to remember that each failure is an educational experience from which we have an opportunity to learn for the future.

Better yet, we have the opportunity to be thankful for such experiences — but we may not always acknowledge our thankfulness.

Thank You — and Happy Thanksgiving 2016 to You

Speaking for myself, there are a number of things in life for which I am thankful — but there are times where I feel that I do not express my thankfulness enough. My hope and wish for this Thanksgiving is that the list of things for which I am thankful will cause you to pause for a moment and reflect on the people and things in your life for which you are thankful — and please feel free to share them in the Comments section below if you feel compelled to do so.

Despite the fact that there are many more places where I would like to visit — most notably, the South Pole and Antarctica itself — I am thankful for the opportunities to have already traveled to many places all over the world. Although I am extra thankful for the opportunity to have traveled in comfort and style during some of those times when I was either upgraded or paid for the luxury, I am equally thankful for all the other times during which I have traveled…

…even when the experience was — shall we say — not so ideal.

Every day which passes has been another day in which I have experienced exceptional health — especially to be able to travel the way I do. I suffer from no allergies and do not take any medication; and I realize how rare is that gift. I wish I can bestow that gift upon everyone and eradicate disease, illness and suffering.

Not having to wonder from where my next meal is coming is another reason to be thankful, as there are people around the world who are literally starving. That simply should not happen.

I am thankful for the opportunity to help other people in many ways — most notably, to donate blood and platelets whenever I can. For me, this is the single best gift I can give to someone — I do not consider it charity — as I am truly and literally giving of myself whenever I donate blood and platelets. If you are a healthy person who does not already donate blood and platelets, please consider doing so. You could save someone’s life, for which he or she would be eternally thankful.

I am thankful for the family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances who have been and are a part of my life — especially whenever I needed their support — and I dedicate this Thanksgiving holiday to one person who is no longer with us as of last week, may he rest in peace.

The support team of BoardingArea ensures that I do not have to spend time being concerned about the background issues inherent with operating a weblog — instead allowing me to write, to photograph, and to travel — and I am thankful for each and every one of them and the work they perform on a daily basis.

If you ever have the opportunity to meet in person my colleagues at BoardingArea, you will find that they are a great group of people — despite what you might think of their writing styles. Regardless of all of the technological options available in which to communicate instantly, expressing thoughts and experiences with the written word is still one of the more difficult things to accomplish for so many reasons. I am thankful to be a part of this group of “bloggers.”

Summary

Last — but certainly not least — I am thankful for you. You are the reason why The Gate exists. I learn from you whenever you take the time to comment — especially when you do not agree with what I write or when you correct me on information which I mistakenly posted — and I read every single comment posted by you. I learn from your advice and experiences…

…and there are few things which are more gratifying to me than reading how I have been able to help you either plan a trip or save money or avoid a negative experience. I enjoy giving back to the frequent flier community any way I can — through BoardingArea and through the forums of both FlyerTalk and InsideFlyer.

I may not say it often enough; but I am thankful for you all year long — and I am honored to have the opportunity to be a small part of your life whenever you choose to read The Gate.

May you and yours have the best Thanksgiving holiday yet this year — replete with plenty of joy, happiness, success, loved ones and delicious food — and may you be truly thankful for all that you have and experienced.

Once again: thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I am even thankful that I found this photograph of a pecan pie — despite having plenty of photographs of roast turkeys which I currently cannot find. Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

2 thoughts on “Thank You — and Happy Thanksgiving 2016 to You”

  1. EJ says:

    Brian, thanks for your work. And thank you for being so open and receptive to comments/constructive criticism. I wish more bloggers would encourage discussion and even dissent like you do.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I am humbled and deeply appreciative by your thoughts, EJ.

      Thank you so much for imparting them, as my Thanksgiving holiday is even better because of them.

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