As Thanksgiving approaches, and I begin the ritual of pie making, I take a brief moment to consider that for which I have to be thankful.
So Many Struggles
It's been a tough year for many people. The signs of struggle are everywhere. Some struggle with employment or housing. Others fight addiction or abuse. And still, others have been victims of unnecessary violence. When I stop and think of those that have run head-on into obstacles that prevent them from being happy I will be thankful that I am in a position to consider my troubles and realize that they are minor by comparison to many others.
Finding Thankfulness in Family
This Thanksgiving I give thanks for family, even though we can’t all be together this year. I am thankful we each share the day with loved ones and that we are all healthy. I hope each of you has a someone special with which to share your day.
...And the Kindness in the World
I am also thankful for the kindness I see in the world. It is a shame that the media doesn’t promote more of what we see as the good in our neighbors. In my neighborhood, we see a local restaurant open for the day specifically to prepare a wonderful meal for the homeless and less fortunate in our community. There are many people in communities around the country offering the same charity. What beautiful souls exist in our midst. Thank you for sacrificing your holiday to share with those in need.
Thankfulness in Hope
Finally, I am thankful for the hope that exists in the world. It’s the hope we share that binds us together and offers us the chance to make a difference in the world. Hopefulness breeds kindness and love. We could use more of those gifts in our world.
I hope each of you is with loved ones on this Thanksgiving day. I am grateful for each person who has touched my life this year, and I hope each one has the opportunity to recognize those that have touched your life and made it a little better. It has been a year of blessing for me. And in some ways, I have come across obstacles that have challenged me and forced me to grow. I am thankful for those that have walked with me and helped me on my journey. I look forward to continuing my journey and welcome the company in my travels.