One Year of Gratitude — Day 2

Today I am thankful for my neighbor who puts on a yearly 4th of July fireworks display. Last night was no exception. Each year we get to experience high quality fireworks from our porch. We don’t have to drive anywhere and deal with traffic. We get to avoid the crowds. We have immediate access to a clean restroom. It’s the perfect fireworks display scenario. We have the best seats in the house. This was the view of the finale from our back porch last night.

This morning I am thankful my wife helped me move my home office to another area of the house. It’s a more contained area that will allow me to focus better while working all day. It’s almost Zen like. Quiet. Isolated. Comfortable.

My home office setup.

With that in mind, I am grateful for the opportunity to work from home. I’ve worked hard for years to position myself to enjoy this life luxury. Once every couple of weeks I drive in to the Boston office. That 180 mile round trip is like a school field trip for me. It breaks up any redundancies I may settle into at home. It’s nice seeing the folks at work every so often, too.

I am thankful for Ken Laster’s ‘In The Groove… Jazz and Beyond’ podcast. Ken is a friend I met at work several years ago. We’ve both moved on from that job, but we’ve kept in touch. We had the Jazz thing in common. As I type this, I’m listening to a Jacob Collier song on his show. It’s called ‘Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing.’ It’s pretty amazing.

That reminds me, I’ve been a fan-boy of Jacob Collier for a year or so. I am thankful for what he’s bringing to music. His ideas are new and fresh. He’s a brilliant young mind and is changing the landscape of music. In an effort not to turn these daily gratitude posts into advertisements, I will not link to Jacob. But I urge you to take the time to find him on Youtube. He’s worth it.

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