This Thanksgiving Day may mean different things to different people, especially given millions just endured a devastating hurricane and millions of others continue to deal with unemployment across the country. But even without tragedy, loss or death in one’s life, there are many challenges to being in this world. I think we can all agree that Thanksgiving is a time to reflect not on what we lost or failed to obtain, but to cherish what we do have and more importantly, whom we have in our lives.
Though Thanksgiving seems to be a time to reaffirm family, friendships, and charity to the less fortunate, Christmas increasingly is a time for gluttony and excess. It is all about presents and consumerism. There is room for both, though it would be nice if it could be Thanksgiving Day every day. Instead of saying: I want, I need, I must have… we each should say: I am thankful for, I am appreciative of, I love...
I am thankful that our nation finally is at peace, that my family is healthy and safe, and that those in my life have found the strength and will to overcome the challenges that come their way. The world's not perfect and my life could benefit from changes, but today I want to treasure just how things are and value the world on its own terms. Life ain’t so bad, and at times it can be downright great.
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