I don’t need a holiday, or a delicious, sleep-inducing feast to feel grateful. For me, I carry this gratitude with me every day, constantly reminding myself to remain thankful for the many opportunities that I have been blessed with. One of my most recent tattoos, “Be Grateful”, written along the side of my hand, is a great way for me to keep this thought in the forefront of my mind.
After taking some time to reflect on all that I have to be grateful for, I came to the realization that we could spend days counting our blessings, depending on how detailed we want to get. I’m grateful for the hands I have to type this, for the eyes that allow me to see, the clothes on my body, the socks on my feet…the warm air coming through my vents…Our blessing are ALL AROUND US!
I’ve had the privilege of spending Thanksgiving in a variety of places including Germany, Israel, Ukraine, Chapel Hill, Maui and New York City!! This year in particular, I’m blessed to be a short four hour drive away from my hometown, allowing me the opportunity to spend the Thanksgiving Holiday in Washington, D.C., for the first time in 9 years! It’s such a great feeling to be around family and friends, smiling and laughing until your face and stomach cramp. A trip home is always good for the soul, no matter how short-lived.
My mother and father are in great health, and are still very active supporters of my basketball career. Both have already traveled to New York to watch me in my newest role with the Westchester Knicks. Ron Jr., my older brother, continues to successfully guide a young group of high school basketball players, establishing a great culture at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School. Ron and his wife are expecting their second child, a baby girl in two weeks! I have an amazing support group, made up of family and close friends, that continue to push me, and hold me accountable, making sure that I keep myself in a position to reach my goals.
Lastly, I would just like to express my gratitude for being healthy, full of life and energy, still capable of living the dream of being a professional basketball player. It’s more than a blessing to play this game that I love, especially now, so close to New York City, perhaps the best city in the world.