51 (“I’m Okay”)

Strasburg water towerAs my day winds down and Augie, snuggling beside me, sings, “I’m okay”…I am reminded just how blessed I have been during my 51 years.

And just how blessed I still am.

CloudsOn this birthday, I am not as thoughtful as some. 2015 has provided some fairly high levels of stress, and that continues in some areas. A contributor to the stress is my lack of self-confidence…I hate to disappoint (and mentally it is easy for me to assume I have). That’s why, heading to and from this year’s American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, a song I don’t remember ever hearing before from Styx was especially heartening. Just happens to be the song Augie was just singing, “I’m Okay.” 🙂

‘Cause I’m O.K.
I finally found the person I’ve been searching for
I’m alright
I’m feeling good about myself and that’s for sure

Now, as a Christian I’m fully aware there is plenty about me that is not okay; I am reminded of it daily. And sure, Styx’s tune is probably some positive thinking foof, but it spoke to me last Saturday, and it speaks to me today.

Food trailerI am thankful for breakfast at The Patio Cafe with my wife and seven year-old. I am thankful there is a school nearby that Augie swung at. I am thankful for the Strasburg water tower. I am thankful that I could pay the bills I did. I am thankful I was able to do volunteer work for Pine Knoll Publications. I am thankful I was able to grab some onion rings at a food trailer while I looked for a place to get a haircut. I am thankful a local stylist was able to sneak me in. I am thankful for the e-mails, texts, and Skype and FaceTime calls I got from family. I am thankful for the great dinner I had at The Pizza Shop. I am thankful for friends that visited for dinner and cake. I am thankful for the two Estes rockets we launched. I am thankful we found both afterward. 🙂 I am thankful for the cake and ice cream we ate. I am thankful for the cool clouds we just saw and the thunderstorm we are listening to. I am thankful for the over 100 Happy Birthdays I got on Facebook.

Clouds over housesAnd that is just today!

I am thankful for all of you who will read this post: family, friends, coworkers, acquaintances, or even somebody I have never met (and will never meet).

Thank you God. Thanks to you, I am 51 and I’m okay. 🙂

P.S. In case you are interested in Styx’s song:

(Cross-posted on Strasburg Rocks!)


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