Seems sad that many of us need one day to express thanks for the things we have. In fact, we should be giving thanks every day for the following: reasonable good health, family, old and new friendships, the clothes on our back, a roof over our heads, food for nourishment, soap and water to wash our ass, a “pot to piss in” i.e., flushable toilets, and much more! We should be thankful for whoever has had some positive impact in our lives as well for those who have helped us along the way to get to the point where we are now.
In all this giving of thanks, let us not forget:
- there are people living and struggling with severe economic, financial and medical hardships.
- the people in New York, New Jersey, other parts of this country and places around the world who were recently affected by natural disasters.
- those who are homeless, displaced, or at the very least, not living in an ideal home setting.
- the people who lost property, loved ones and their own lives – not only to natural disasters but to wars, trigger-happy civilian and police actions and other acts of senseless violence and mayhem.
- those who are unjustly and wrongfully jailed or imprisoned.
and last but never least…
- the men and women in military uniform who cannot be home with their own loved ones to share in the giving of thanks. As a veteran, I recall having missed many family gatherings for Thanksgiving therefore I know all too well what it’s like to be thousands of miles away and to miss…home.
Since you are reading this, I remind you to count yourself not lucky, privileged or exceptional but…blessed …be that by one god, many gods or by mere coincidence. Let us not be so selfish in relishing in our blessings that we forget there are others who want just an mere inkling of what we now have and enjoy. Never ever take anything for granted. Happy Thanksgiving!