Every year around this time, I chronicle the things I am thankful for, for that year and this year is no exception.
I have not lost sight of the little things that are right in front of me to appreciate all year long. So once again, here is my list of blessings for which I am thankful in 2018.
First and foremost, I am thankful to God for the gift of life, a life that is without worry and full of health. It is a gift that, I can never quantify nor pay for.
I am thankful for the people in my life who know me well and still find it in their hearts to love me. They include my family and my closest friends.
As I grow older I have learnt that, the people who love us will still be here, long after the people we try so hard to impress have forgotten our names.
I am thankful to be an agent of change in our society, I have in the last nine years, contributed my quota in writing to give voice to the voiceless and power to the powerless.
I am thankful for living in an Independent state, one that acknowledges that my rights come from God, not from man, and for the Constitution, which forms the basis of a system that maximizes economic opportunity by emphasizing liberty. Because it is a system implemented by fallible human beings, it will never be perfect, but it is the best anyone in this world will ever see.
I am thankful that, I am alive to see Akufo-Addo become president, an ambition he has pursued since we ushered in the fourth republican dispensation. I now believe that, words and action are too different things. What is unfolding before my eyes, as far as arrogance and display of incompetence, was not what I anticipated.
I am more thankful that, Ghanaians, who are easy to please, have seen the difference between Akufo-Addo and John Dramani Mahama, and hopefully in 2020, they will exercise their right, by voting out Akufo-Addo and the NPP.
I am thankful that, of all the work in the world, I chose to write.
I am thankful that, what started as a desire to contribute my quota to the on-going discussion about the fate and the future of our nation, has been transformed into a love affair, when I get the opportunity to come to your homes, offices etc, every week.
I am thankful that, I have had the privilege and the honour all these years to learn from a man I have admired all my life, until I met him. General Arnold Quainoo, never runs out of wisdom, like a fountain I continue to learn from his experience, which is endless. His advice and direction, has and always been a touching experience for me.
I am thankful that, of all the places I could find myself, it was The Herald, what a rich experience it has been for me.
It has been exciting journey, with challenges, but we remain true to our contract with Ghanaians.
I am thankful for my friend and brother, Larry Dogbey, who believed in me and has reposed enormous confidence in my ability. I have faltered, made unpardonable mistakes in the course of my work, forced me to defend my writings, when you knew nothing about it, but never for once, did you give up on me, i am grateful.
I am thankful for my colleagues, Frank Akorsah, Gifty Arthur, Sammy, Josephine, Injection, Emma etc, who despite my annoying habit sometimes, put up with me nicely.
I am thankful for Ras Liberty Amenowode, wherever you are. You were my boss, friend and the first to believe that I can write. I remember my first article; you edited it the whole day. Sadly in 2014, when your best was yet to come, your maker called you. Remember, anytime I write, you will be fondly remembered.
I am thankful that my flaws do not eat up my self-esteem. They should not eat up yours. Everyone counts, including you.
I am thankful that I know how much I need to know before I know how little I know. Every day I learn something new that, is an experience that I can never get over.
I am thankful that my friends still consider me their friend even when I do not keep in touch as I used to. So my friends, remember always that, “Friendship consists of being a friend, not having a friend. And so it is that friendship means loving rather than being loved. The gifts that one receives for giving are so immeasurable that it is almost an injustice to accept them.” (Rod McKuen).
2018, has been an eventful year, I met people, who touched my life in so many ways, I am thankful for their lives. Bernard Ofori of Catfish Grill, you are a true friend.
I am thankful that I am true to myself. That is the ultimate commandment.
I know we have plenty of problems; the economic conditions are biting, insecurity and the emergence of vigilante groups, terrorizing innocent Ghanaians, but there is also so much to be thankful for in 2018.
May God bless us all.