Gratitude is a word that we see a great deal this time of year, and it’s something that I’ve been trying to be reflective of in my everyday life since the fall semester began back in August. What I’ve found in doing so is that I have more to be grateful for than I ever would have thought of before I began this exercise. Practicing what my friend Joe Gill might call “mindful gratitude” has also given me the perspective to think about the opportunities that I have had to become a better educator, a better musician, and a better human. So, in no particular order, here are the things that I am thankful for in this season of gratitude.

First, I am grateful for my job. Whatever the issues that I have with my current position, I get to make music every day. For the past 25 years I have had the great luxury of doing what I love to do; create and teach music. I am blessed with terrific students, talented colleagues, and a sense of being involved in a larger purpose.

Secondly, I am grateful for my family and friends, who have stuck with me through good times and bad. These people inspire me and support me, and I am so thankful for their influence in my life. As I often tell my students, this is a people business, and I know some of the best around!

Finally, I am grateful for you. Thank you for taking the time to visit this web page and read my blog. Your support of me means so much, and I am thankful that you think enough of me and my music to take some of your time to read this message. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!


2 thoughts on “Gratitude”

  1. We are grateful for you, too, Jim! Our Family makes us very happy and we want you to know that you are appreciated very much.

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