For those of you who know me or have been reading my blogs you may know that my wife and I had a near-death experience about 6 years ago. It’s hard to believe that such a traumatic event could seem so far away but it does. In many ways it seems unreal though I know it happened. While so many people perished that day for me it was a tale of survival and human kindness. Regardless of arguments, people letting me down, stress, poor service and all the other trials and tribulations of life I am grateful for the opportunities that I am given. Each day I am thankful for the air that I breathe, the people I meet, the students I teach at Smith’s 英会話 Hirakata, the Smith’s organization, my staff (Jerry, Yasuko and Sharan), my wife, my son and so much more. I live in one of the safest countries I know, have access to high-speed Internet and some amazing restaurants and have a job that inspires me to do more. Trains, phones, roads, water, electricity, the post office, convenience stores…the list goes on and on.
In an earlier post Edward from Otsu School wanted to show his appreciation to his students for their hard work in improving their English. Too often we overlook how lucky we really are…shouldn’t we all take the time to say “Thank you!?”