Thanksgiving. Is it possible to be thankful in 2014? I think so, let’s talk about that.
I’m 5-foot, 3-inches tall and that
makes me downright short by national standards.
It’s been proven time and time again that folks as short as me don’t
generally get a fair shake. Let’s take a
peek at the list of “disadvantages” folks like me have:
Ladies tend to see short men as less attractive.
Men tend to not want to be friends with short
Short men are less likely to be hired for a job.
Short men on average earn less than a tall man
for the same job.
And of course, we are ALWAYS chosen last for a
And it’s a “double whammy” in my case
because I’m now also going bald, and guess what, bald men undergo the exact
same prejudices! So, right about now you
may be asking what this has to do with being THANKFUL. Well my friend, that’s an easy one; I’m
thankful to be a short, bald man living in the United Stated of America, where there
is only one disadvantage that really matters: a bad attitude. I’m reminded of the catch-line of
Russian-American comic Yakov Smirnoff: “America, what a country!”
I love this country, where disadvantaged
folks like me can parlay a “glass is half-full” attitude and a good work ethic into
a seriously great life. From the moment
I hit kindergarten, I’ve known I was fighting an uphill battle. I was the shortest kid in my class, and kids
can be really brutal in letting you know just how inferior a thing like that
makes you! It could have destroyed me,
but it didn’t, it made me stronger. I
began to instinctively know that I would have to be better than average at
everything I did if I were to see any real success in life. A Tall, dark, and handsome guy may be able to
be an inept idiot and still get whatever he wants when he flashes his 100-watt
smile, but not me! And I wouldn’t have
it any other way. When I get the job, it’s
a damn sure thing that I earned it. When
someone is my friend, they probably REALLY like me. And, chances are my wife really loves me,
too. See where I’m going with this? Yea, I’m thankful God made me just the way I
am; I’m a better man because of the built-in adversity I continually face.
And so, on this Thanksgiving, please
dear friend, take whatever disadvantages you may be facing in life and put them
to work for you. If, like me, you are
fortunate enough to be living in the USA, consider yourself blessed. This country has a rich history of
disadvantaged folks from all walks of life rising to astronomical success, both
personal as well as professional.
Seriously folks, I hope yours is an
attitude of gratitude, because if it is, you are probably a happy person with a
bunch of real friends and folks who love you for who you are … and on this
Thanksgiving Day, I’d like to propose that having true friends is what we
should be truly thankful for.
Oh, and if that isn’t enough, there’s
always the “black Friday” sale here at WGS! If you enter the code: GIVETHANKS2014,
you'll get 15% off all speakers, pickups, and other goodies. Ha!
Feeling a little more thankful now?
Yep, I thought so.