Thanksgiving – So Much More Than Football

White pumpkin with Give Thanks

Thanksgiving – a day of turkey, football and family, right? For those of us blessed by our situation, that’s the epitome of Thanksgiving.  But is it?

As I get older I spend more time reflecting on my life and what’s important. The obvious things come to mind…family, friends, my health, my situation. As the world becomes a smaller place because of the internet, satellites, television, I’ve come to realize that I have SO much more to be thankful for.

As a white woman born in the United States, even though I earn only 84(ish) % of what a man might earn (Grrrrrr), I am incredibly lucky. I can say what I want, I can believe what I want, I can go to school, I can show my face!

As a citizen of the United States I can exercise my right to vote and express my disappointment if it doesn’t go my way.

I can sit at the table with my family and friends today and not worry if my house or my neighborhood or the last hospital in my city will be bombed.

So many things we take for granted, gifted to us simply by our situation. Even when we don’t feel so lucky, there’s always seems to be a little something we can be thankful for, after all, there is always something to be thankful for,

Text: There is always something to be thankful for

So I add to my list this year…I add a nod to our forefathers for braving their way to this “new world.”

And, I make a pledge…to look at the world in a different way, more thankful than ever for the freedom, the privileges that I was blessed with.

I promise to find something, even in my darkest days, to be thankful for.

And I make a commitment to instill that same attitude of gratitude in my boys.

After all, while turkey, family and football are what come to mind, Thanksgiving really is so much more than that.

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