November 22, 2012
More than one wag has commented that the primary source of our thanksgiving in 2012 is the absence (finally) of political advertisements. We were no less pained by the electoral process, but we would remind readers today of the most silver of linings.
And that centers on the truth that we remain the world’s greatest democracy, and live in a nation that was built by our Founding Fathers for survival. Good leaders have come and gone, and bad leaders have, too. But our bedrock is sound, and no one candidate or party can shake our foundation.
We give thanks today, yes, for our system of government, and recognize that even the elected officeholders whom we judge as substandard in America would be shining examples of justice and wisdom in many other nations on this planet.
And despite all the nonsense we hear through the years of moving to Canada or seceding from the Union should our preferred candidate suffer defeat, we would remind one and all that no matter who is in office, the nation moves on basically as intended.
We are thankful for that reality today, as we are thankful that good times always follow bad. Unspiritual as it might seem on this holiday, we are thankful for the material improvements we’ve noticed in the real estate market of late. We are thankful for the recent announcement of new jobs in the community, and thankful for the people who have faith enough to invest in our future.
We are thankful for the hope that those who have suffered in the first decade of the new millennium might see new opportunity. And we are thankful for the volunteers and agencies that have seen those less fortunate than we through our darker economic moments.
It is not too trite to be thankful for the simple staples of food and shelter as the nation gets back on its feet. And for those who have blessings that extend beyond the basics, it is wise to appreciate and be thankful for those as well.
And most important, we are thankful for the people around us, the ones we can reach out and touch, both literally and figuratively, as we enjoy good company today. For those who are hungry or lonely, we thank the people who provide food, friendship and warmth with special meals available to all comers.
In the end, it is a luxury to be able to fret over who won at the polls this month and who didn’t; there are places in this world where people must spend their energy just trying to survive the day.
We are grateful that we are able to spend our lives in a nation where our hardships are relative hardships, and where even bad conditions, in other places, might be considered good. We take the time today to reflect on this, and be thankful for all that we have, and ask for a little bit of forgiveness since we can sometimes lose sight of our existing blessings for the want of more.
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