This is the fifth in a short series I’m running this week to show appreciation to people who have touched my life in unexpected ways. I encourage you to take advantage of this holiday season to give thanks to the people who have made an impact in your life, too.
I figured that Thanksgiving would be a good day to say “Thanks!” to my wife. We’ve been married 13 years, have two outstanding girls, and are committed to stay married to one another until we’re at least 100. Then, she says, I’m free to dump her for a younger woman. With an attitude like that, it’s easy to be thankful for many, many things when it comes to my wife. Here’s the one thing I’m most grateful for:
Her faith in me. Because of her trust in me, I am always in the company of someone who is smart, beautiful, and loving. I got very, very lucky in the wife department—I know plenty of relationships that end because one spouse or the other realizes that the marriage will never match up to their expectations, and here I’ve got a relationship that’s exceeded every one of mine, where my biggest challenge is to continue to hold up my end of the bargain. Having someone I respect and admire express her belief that I am, in turn, worthy of her respect and admiration is a gift. I think about that pretty much every day—usually at the end of the day, when I’m listening to her breathing and falling asleep.
It’s quite an exceptional relationship. Which is to be expected, since she is quite an exceptional person. Thank you, Vanessa.
Jason Seiden is CEO of Ajax Workforce Marketing. Ajax amplifies brands by aligning employees' online messaging.