So Many Reasons for Thanks

FALL2009RESIZEDIt’s pre-dawn on Thanksgiving morning as I write this. The sun is just starting to color the eastern sky, and the house is still quiet. I’ve downed my first cup of coffee, and the cranial hard drive is coming up to speed. All in all, a very good time to reflect on things.

While I’m generally not one to wax poetic, I also don’t spend enough time thinking about the many good fortunes I have and actually verbalizing them. The simplest things are the easiest to overlook, especially in the frenetic pace we tend to live our lives.

So, here goes…a few personal reasons for thanks:

• I’m incredibly fortunate to be a woodworker who makes his living writing about this great craft. I can’t underscore that enough.

• I’m thankful to still have all ten fingers and the ability to use them, despite a few close calls along the way…

• I’m lucky to have boards on the rack and projects in the works.

• And, by extension, I’m lucky to have people in my life who are happy to receive what I make.

• I’m thankful for an industry that builds quality tools and supplies that make our shop time better. Take it from me, there are some good folks behind the scenes here.

• I’m lucky to have a warm place to work wood. I sure don’t miss seeing my breath or feeling my fingers go numb while building projects—and those days aren’t all that far back.

• I’m grateful for the gift of eyesight, and I hope it lasts for many more years. It’s a blessing to see what we build.

• Finally, I’d like to thank good folks like you who continue to read our magazine and contribute to it. Without you, I couldn’t do what I do.

It does the soul good to take stock of things, now and again. Here’s to hoping you have as many reasons to be thankful this holiday weekend as I do, and more.

Catch you in the shop,

Chris Marshall, Field Editor

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About Chris Marshall

Chris Marshall has been writing for Woodworker's Journal as a contributing editor and field editor since 2001. Prior to that, he spent five years developing home improvement and woodworking books. He's written five of them and has served as a contributing writer on many more. A wood and tool junkie since childhood, Chris thoroughly enjoys building projects and reviewing woodworking tools for the Journal. When he's not assembling new machinery, sawing parts, taking photos or crunching text for an upcoming story, he enjoys spending time with his family and a houseful of pets at their home in rural Ohio.

2 thoughts on “So Many Reasons for Thanks

  1. thank you for allowing us into your world Our Lord has been good to us I’ve got all my digits too
    May God be with you in 2010 and may the wind be always on your back
    Bob Stewart

  2. Enjoyed reading your post. It is so true – we all have a lot to be grateful for. It was ironic to run across your post. I have been involved in an exercise with a friend, in which we exchange a gratitude list with each other every day. We committed to do it for 30 days. We are a little over 3 weeks into it. The idea came about during a discussion we were having about why we tend to only see the negative at times. I came to the conclusion that it is a bad habit. That being said, habits can be changed. It is easy to say I am grateful for this and that…but do I actually practice gratitude. Many professions are actually practices. The fields of law and medicine are just two major ones that come to mind. I have no problem turning my life and wellbeing over to someone that is just practicing. Why not practice gratitude?
    I am in the field of construction and as we all know – it has been devastated over the last few years. It has been very easy for me to fall prey to all the gloom and doom that is out there. The reality is, I have not missed any meals, I sleep in my own bed every night, and I have my family and friends. In spite of what my mind tells me, I do have a lot to be grateful for. I practice woodworking as a hobby, a way to escape the troubles of the day, to shift my focus more into the present moment. I am truly lucky and grateful to be able to do so. So much more than just making sawdust. Have a great day and thank you for your post.

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