As with many people, I am taking this time to reflect on life and what I am thankful for. I am in the same camp that wishes a day did not have to be set aside for us to take this time. Why can we not be thankful each day, not only for the people around us, but just the fact we have one more precious day to live, and to be part of this world. Each morning, whether it is raining, snowing, sunny, or cloudy is unique and replete with a new beginning, a palette waiting for our brush. Be thankful for that, and do not take it for granted.
I am most thankful for my mom and pops, my brother, and to the woman who has chosen to keep me in her life, despite my flaws. For Kyle, spending his Thanksgiving deployed in Afghanistan. For family and friends. I am grateful to have a job, a home, and warm clothing for the upcoming MN winter. I try to not take for granted the freedom and opportunity that this country offers, and conversely strive to make the most of my time, and give back to the community what I can.
In these challenging times, both emotionally and economically, with a defined division, it is even more important to connect with those around us, and be honest and open while you have the chance. Put aside differences, grudges, and share a meal together, at least as an ice-breaker, to allow a path for healing.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.