If you listen to people talk these days--whether it be the media pundits...friends...family...co-workers--One could easily get so cynical and depressed you could be tempted to cancel Thanksgiving altogether. Except for the holiday part of course. In the spirit of full disclosure, yours truly has been just as guilty as anyone. After all we are constantly bombarded with bad news. The national debt continues to climb by trillions of dollars and the great recession--if it is getting better at all--is moving at a snail's pace. With all due apologies for being politically incorrect to the snail population. After all, they can't help being motionally challenged. Radical Islamists seem determined to provoke a world war. This country is deeply divided politically and can't even seem to get a budget passed.
Having said all that...we still have plenty to be thankful for. Despite it all, this is still the land of the free and home of the brave. Despite the efforts of some to curb our freedom of religion, we still have the right to worship as we please. Despite the fact that a growing number choose not to worship at all...that is up to them...not the state. Compared to many countries we are still relatively prosperous, though if we don't get our financial act together that could change. But the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and to worship as we choose is more than most of the civilizations throughout history have enjoyed. But those rights must carefully cherished and vigilantly guarded...and we are especially thankful for our men and women in uniform willing to put their lives on the line to protect them. We should be thankful for family, friends and all those who make our lives better. Having lost...or come very close to losing loved ones, co-workers, and long-time friends this year has made me more thankful for them, for medical advances, and the gift of health and healing.
The old adage about the difference between a pessimist and an optimist is whether they see the glass as being half full or half empty. This Thanksgiving, let's concentrate on the positive half full glass. Every day is another opportunity for blessings. Let's be thankful for that...and a lot more.