This is a guest post from Mr. Honey. The lesser-known Honey in this family, I recently asked Sarah if I could contribute to Thank you Honey and she asked me to think of something that would go with the Holiday Season. I took my recent experience from a public speaking class to share in the spirit of the month of Thanksgiving
Recently, I attended a public speaking class. Within the first few seconds of the class, the instructor informed all of us we would be giving a minute long speech and we have 30 seconds to prepare. Before he started the 30-second timer, the instructor told us he would call us to speak in front of the class at random.
Instantly, my breathing increased from the slow deep breaths to short puffs of air. My heart rate began to race and I felt a flutter in my stomach. My mind shuffled through topics like an endless deck of cards.
I kept repeating …what am I thankful for? What am I thankful for? What am I thankful for?
I bounced through topics that instantly came into my head…Family, Wife, Son, Parents, Brothers, Sister, Friends, and Pets.
Then I thought about some of my character traits such as resilience, perseverance, determination, and confidence. I thought about my caring for others, happiness, forgiving myself and others, and my whit. I cycled through my emotions, I was thankful for being alive and thankful for yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
The more I thought about this topic, the more I realized there is a lot to be thankful for. I couldn’t narrow it down; there wasn’t just one thing I was thankful for, there was a lot I was thankful for… suddenly I knew what I was thankful for and what my speech would be about.
My short panting breaths changed to deep full breaths, my heart rate slowed down and I knew my speech. I did not know any of the words I would use to give this speech, but I was ready for I knew every MOMENT I wanted to include. Just then, the instructor called my name and asked me…what are you thankful for?
I walked up in front of the class and addressed them by saying,
I am thankful for the moments in life. Here are my moments I am thankful for:
WHAT AM I THANKFUL FOR…
The first time my son’s small hand held my finger. When my wife said “YES” and the moment she said, “I DO”. The first time Grandpa took me fishing and when he would let me strum his guitar. The crowd of teammates at home plate waiting for me as I rounded third base in little league. I am thankful for the first and last days of grade school. The day my Dad first let me help with the tools. The time Mom let me try the cake batter. I am thankful for the first lick on my nose from my puppy. Wrestling my brother like we were Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant. The first time my dad let go of the bike and I kept going.
I am thankful for the first dance with my wife on my wedding day. The big smile and running hug from my son and the sound of “Daddy’s Home”. The day we got the keys to our house. Every time I hear the words, I Love You.
I am thankful for the thundering sound of a crowd roaring at a stadium. I am very thankful for the many times when the world tested me and I stood up and accepted the challenge.
I am thankful for playing fetch with my dogs and playing catch with my son. Seeing Disney as a family and Road trips as a child and now with my own child.
I am also thankful for the made up sports games as a child or with children. I am thankful for the belly laugh of children. Playing in the rain. Digging at the beach. Running in the sand and watching the sunrise and watching the sunset.
I knew I would never be able to communicate all the moments that I am thankful for in my life in just 60 seconds. Prior to this speech, I didn’t realize that my most thankful moments in my life involved others. In the end, I am thankful for all of the people that have come into my life because without friends, family, other people, and pets; I would not have so much to be thankful for.
What am I thankful for? Unscripted, on the spot, and only 60 seconds to say. Raw emotional and powerful. Now I’m asking you to ask yourself the question. What am I thankful for?
Please join in by answering this question and asking your family.
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