Thank You!

As I write this, at 8am on the morning of my birthday, I’ve already received numerous texts from people, tweets, linkedIn messages and facebook wall comments wishing me many happy returns. I’m actually quite overwhelmed by it. Thank you so much everyone. Many of the people on the social networks didn’t even know me a few years ago and they’ve taken the time to stop by and wish me the best – this is one of the reasons I love this medium – the ability to build relationships 🙂

Without wanting to get too nauseous I thought rather than a ‘list of things to do’ or a ‘top ways to….’ blog, I’d simply write about the things I’m grateful for, something I think everyone should do once in a while. It’s a positive thing to do, so even if you don’t publish it like I have, maybe do this for yourself in private – it might help put things in perspective.

Health – Another year passes and I’m in good health which has to be up there as one of the most important things to be grateful for. I’ve joined the gym this year and intend to work on this part of my life even more in 2011. Fit body, fit mind after all.

Family – I’m incredibly grateful for having a supportive family. My parents are always behind everything I do and while they are not necessarily in my life everyday, they have a huge bearing on where I’ve come from and where I’m going. A special mention here goes to my brother and his partner who had my niece, Tilly, last year – the most beautiful baby I’ve ever seen and someone that has made me think much more about work/life balance.

Friends – My friends and partner are unbelievable. A close nit group, spanning the country & lots more abroad. Intelligent, enthusiastic, gregarious people who I owe an awful lot of why I am ‘me’ too. People I can turn to in time of need and most importantly, people that I know will keep me smiling and laughing all day long.

The Optix Team – No one has had it easy over the last couple of years, business in general for the country has been tougher than it’s been in a very long time so I’m thankful and grateful for my business and my team – without whom, it wouldn’t be possible.

You – Finally I’d like to thank you. For reading this, for sharing it with friends, for commenting and spreading it. It makes it worthwhile.

You can put your sick buckets away now guys, normal service will resume next post. Just thought this might be a nice little break from the norm. 🙂

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  1. Mike on 11th February 2011 at 12:27 pm

    No need for me to be putting the sick bucket away, that’s a nice post Al, it’s good to reflect.

    Have a good Birthday too 🙂

    • Banksy on 11th February 2011 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks Mike 🙂

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  3. Alana Carroll on 11th February 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Lovely blog Alastair and many happy returns.
    You are so right we have so much to be grateful for. Every day I wake up I am grateful for that day and when I put my son to bed at night and see him sleeping I feel so lucky to be a mum.
    Have a wonderful day.

    • Banksy on 11th February 2011 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks Alana – always appreciate you taking the time to comment

  4. Nick Watson on 23rd February 2011 at 3:26 pm

    You forgot to thank iStockPhoto for the cheesy images you use in your blog!

    Seriously though mate, would rather work for nobody else…great team at Optix 🙂

    • Banksy on 23rd February 2011 at 3:28 pm

      lol that’s true 🙂 and thanks for the mention about Optix – you guys make it all worthwhile

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