Valentine's Day has taken on a broader meaning to me as I have grown older. In the past 2-3 years, I've attended a few weddings and five funerals. The funerals crush me. They cause me to consider how grateful I am for the loved ones in my life. I am so sorry to experience the loss of these friends/family and I grieve for their families as well.
So, on Valentine's Day, I am now grateful for my loved ones. On the top of my list, I am grateful for my wife of 20 years and my three wonderful kids. And I am also grateful the rest of my family as well, both local and those that live far away.
But I am also grateful for my friends, including so many of you. It is a vulnerable thing, writing a blog about my weight and weaknesses. There have been times when I have temporarily felt like giving up...you have propped me up. I have lamented on how far I have to go...you have celebrated how far I have come. Although we haven't met, those supportive and encouraging actions are true signs of friendship. Thank you very much for that friendship.
So, on this Valentine's Day, who are you most grateful for in your life?