On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for Jack Powers. Jack is a friend from Woodruff and Furman days. He and I have known each other for a lot of years, but got to know each other best during two years in Mr. Brissie’s speech class. Jack reminds me of that passage in the Bible about iron sharpening iron. Because Jack is good at everything he touches, he always causes me to want to get better at what I do. Jack is the embodiment of those values we learned growing up in a small town and on a cotton mill villages: hard work, honesty, loyalty, patriotism, devotion to family and to God. When Jack gives you his word, you can depend on it. Jack and Audrey are a great couple and great parents. I probably should add grandparents to that list. It seems that I have known Audrey and her parents forever. After graduating from Furman, Jack had a great career with Criovac Corporation. Jack remains a staunch Furman supporter and still goes to as many games as possible. He and Audrey have attended the Hamrick Lectures in Charleston and we get together each year for our high school class reunion. Jack and I share some social, political, and religious views that are not always the most popular. Our friendship has only grown stronger and richer over the years. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the presence and influence of Jack Powers in my life.

            Thankful Thursday is a day set apart to recognize someone who is important in your life. Let her or him know of your gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.