Thursday, November 22, 2007

For Why Shall We Offer Thanks On This Day?

For having been called out of nothingness into being. We did not exist and, at one point in history, we were created. Our faith tells us we will continue to live after our bodies have given up. This is the greatest gift of all.

We have a constant supply of 60-cycle, 125-volt electricity to run our gadgets, to keep us warm in the winter and cool in the summer, to entertain us and allow us to stay informed. The world is no longer populated by sea monsters off the coast, or dragons further inland.

For the gift to reach out and either directly help someone, or to donate the means by which they can be aided. Perhaps these people, and their sad situations, were placed in our path for no other reason than to bring us out of ourselves and realize there are other people.

We have 48 connected states, each with its own government and set of laws. Yet, we can pass through them without having to stop and have our papers checked or being searched. You can’t go that far in Europe with no hassle and no passport.

Unless you’re really broke, the chances of going without a meal are remote. Even on a long trip, you are seldom more than half an hour –at most- from some restaurant. People complain that airplane meals are small or non-existent; yet, seldom are flights so long that you need to worry. Most of us could do with less, not more, food.

On this Day of Thanks, 2007, much could be better … but much could be worse.


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