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Every day is a day to give thanks

November 25, 2010

Today is Thanksgiving.It is the one day on the calendar dedicated to saying "thanks." At family gatherings, people will go around the dinner table and say what they're thankful for today.But shouldn't we be thankful for what we have every day? All too often, we take the things we have for granted.There are many reasons for us to be thankful.We live in a country where freedom reigns. Thanks to the millions of people who have fought for our freedoms, we continue to live in a free society. If someone in your family serves or has served in the military, why not thank him or her today. In fact, if you see people you know on the street who have served, thank them while you're at it.Our economy is struggling to get out of the recession, but most of us still have a roof over our heads, food on the table and the means to live comfortably. You can give thanks for that today.For those who are less fortunate, there are many people in our community who will lend a helping hand today by providing a hot meal and shelter. If you see any of these folks today, why not say "thank you." I'm sure it will make their day.When you're with your family today, you can thank them.Thank your spouse or significant other for the support and love he or she has given you over the years.Thank your parents for raising you and supporting you through the good times and the bad.Thank your children, whether they're young or old, for the many memories they have given you.Thank your other family members for the effect they've had on your life.But why stop at being thankful today? We should take the time every day to be thankful for something. Even the simple things.Be thankful you have clean water to drink and food to eat. In many parts of the world, people have to walk for miles just to fulfill that quest.Be thankful you have the freedom to express yourself, be it through how you worship, what you wear or even what you say. In many countries, those freedoms don't exist.Be thankful for the friends you have. Even if you only have one friend in the world, it's better than being lonely.So today, whether you're sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner with loved ones or helping to serve others who are less fortunate, take a minute to count your blessings.And tomorrow and the next day and the day after that, find the time to be thankful for something, whether it's your family, your job or simply the sun shining.After all, we don't need to limit our thankfulness to one day on the calendar.Today is Thanksgiving.It is the one day on the calendar dedicated to saying "thanks." At family gatherings, people will go around the dinner table and say what they're thankful for today.But shouldn't we be thankful for what we have every day? All too often, we take the things we have for granted.There are many reasons for us to be thankful.We live in a country where freedom reigns. Thanks to the millions of people who have fought for our freedoms, we continue to live in a free society. If someone in your family serves or has served in the military, why not thank him or her today. In fact, if you see people you know on the street who have served, thank them while you're at it.Our economy is struggling to get out of the recession, but most of us still have a roof over our heads, food on the table and the means to live comfortably. You can give thanks for that today.For those who are less fortunate, there are many people in our community who will lend a helping hand today by providing a hot meal and shelter. If you see any of these folks today, why not say "thank you." I'm sure it will make their day.When you're with your family today, you can thank them.Thank your spouse or significant other for the support and love he or she has given you over the years.Thank your parents for raising you and supporting you through the good times and the bad.Thank your children, whether they're young or old, for the many memories they have given you.Thank your other family members for the effect they've had on your life.But why stop at being thankful today? We should take the time every day to be thankful for something. Even the simple things.Be thankful you have clean water to drink and food to eat. In many parts of the world, people have to walk for miles just to fulfill that quest.Be thankful you have the freedom to express yourself, be it through how you worship, what you wear or even what you say. In many countries, those freedoms don't exist.Be thankful for the friends you have. Even if you only have one friend in the world, it's better than being lonely.So today, whether you're sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner with loved ones or helping to serve others who are less fortunate, take a minute to count your blessings.And tomorrow and the next day and the day after that, find the time to be thankful for something, whether it's your family, your job or simply the sun shining.After all, we don't need to limit our thankfulness to one day on the calendar.

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