Feeling thankful in Boyne City


The “30 Days of Thankfulness” posts have begun to permeate Facebook, so clearly we are immediately post-Thanksgiving.

Every year, true to form, I start reflecting on the things in life that I’m truly thankful for.

Truly, we’re lucky.

We live in a community with so much to appreciate, because even when times are tough, we come together to make the world better for those in need, as shown in the number of fundraisers we have locally for everything from people suffering from cancer to our very own Community Christmas.

My list personally, though?

Well, it begins with my family.

I’ve been lucky to have a mother and siblings up here close to me, and always willing to be there and help if I need it.

A beautiful girlfriend with an equally beautiful daughter brighten every day, and give me even more to live and work for.

Moving on, we next find someone I probably spend even more time with, either in person, on the phone, or by e-mail figuring out our next great special section: my business partner.

Ben Gohs and I met rather randomly, but not surprisingly, our traits tend to balance each other out, and as a result, we work well together.

Our goal is the same: to continue growing and producing a better and better product, and one that is more and more in-line with the needs of our local communities that we strive to serve.

And on top of that, he’s become a close friend, seen me at my best and worst, and shared victories and defeats with me over the past six years.
My friend, beyond those, are wonderful.

Some are people I randomly came to know over the years, some are business owners whose friendship comes as the result of years of doing business together.

Regardless, though, I’m fortunate that they have chosen to make me a part of their lives.

I’m thankful to be where I’m at with the Boyne City Gazette, along with our many offshoot projects.

The opportunity to work together with someone while working for yourself is not one that comes to many people. And, yet, through hard work, it is how I make my living.

As a result, I don’t find myself working to keep a time-clock happy, and extra profits that come as a result of my sweat don’t go into a national corporation’s war chest.

I’ve found myself to be happy with the life that I lead, but it isn’t all through my own actions, it’s through the work, support, trust, and kindness of others over many years.

And, while Thanksgiving Day isn’t the only day I’m thankful, I’m thrilled to take this day to reflect on that and recognize that I’m not alone in the world, and I have much to be grateful for.

Thank-you to everyone who contributes to my life in this world, and know that you’re appreciated for all you’ve done and continue to do.