It’s Thanksgiving 2017, and I have to say I have a lot to be thankful for. I have to say that nothing is more important to be than the health and well-being of my family. I am grateful for having an amazing wife, who is my rock, who shares my vision and love. She is beautiful, supportive, loving, and simply brilliant. I am grateful for my kids. Matthew, Gabriel, and Norah. They are well-adjusted, good natured, and fun loving. They are handsome, beautiful, and smart. I am the luckiest guy in the world!
Financially, we took a big step forward and finally put a retirement plan as well as a trust together this year. We are now consistently contributing to our future and the kids’ future education, what a relief!
Physically, I challenged myself and completed my first marathon, the Portland marathon in October. What a blast, and what an amazing feeling it was to cross that finish line! All the training, dedication, time and miles all came with an amazing validation of triumph. It was so incredible to be surrounded by like minds at the starting line, knowing everyone had a different reason, story, and journey to get there, but at the same time, just to know how much faith and training it took to be there. I feel fitter and better than I have had in a long time.
Career and mission wise, there have been also a lot of breakthroughs. I’ve had the fortune to help a lot patients with more complex conditions. All the training, flying around to better my knowledge and skills are paying dividends. I am incredibly grateful for my colleagues and mentors who have helped me navigate through some difficult cases and provide encouragement through challenging times. I am grateful for my team who have been working so hard all year to help me accomplish my vision, and of course, I am grateful for my family of patients who share their stories and lives with us and continue to entrust me and my team with their health and smile.
I love my life, I love this life. I am thankful to be in a position to be able to give back to the community that has given me so much. “The secret to living is giving” – Tony Robbins, ain’t that the truth. It feels great to help others, to contribute to the community, to get out of my own head and to be a part of something bigger.
Volunteering at the dental van has always given me so much joy each time, being able to serve those who do not have the means. I feel their gratitude, and it just warms my heart and gives me so much, “Juice!” Being able to take Matthew to serve dinner and take the team to serve breakfast at Portland Rescue Mission was also a blessing!
Finally, as I reflect on 2017 this Thanksgiving, and it isn’t over yet, I remember all the victories to celebrate, all the milestones to be grateful for and all the magic moments I have shared with the ones I love and those who love me.
There were so many magical moments, but the highlights include, the snow-apocalypse in the January, all the missing school days and works days that ended with sledding down the hills with the kids in front of the house. All the new friendships I have formed, learning to ski with the kids and staying at the ski cabin with family and friends. Matthew’s last second inbound pass that led to a bucket to tie the basketball game, even though they ended up losing the game. Spring break trip to Taiwan with Gabriel to visit mom and dad. Norah’s earth festival dance! Exploring the Oregon coast on Memorial Day weekend! Gabriel and Norah’s combo Birthday party with 50 screaming kids! Camping at Barton Park and floating down the Clackamas River with the kids! I even made it out in one piece after crashing a rental car in Jersey while on the way to a seminar. The 5K bubble run with the kids, exploring Puget Sound, hood canal, kayaking, clam digging and just relaxing! The trip to Vancouver BC at the end of the summer, experiencing the night market, hiking the lighthouse trial and playing on the beach, and that’s just the beginning.
What can I say this Thanksgiving? I am the luckiest guy I know and I couldn’t be more grateful for everyone in my life and all the experiences that have made me who I am. Thank you, thank you, thank you!