“To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.”
– Albert Schweitzer
If you are lucky enough to be able to spend time with your family on Thanksgiving Day to share a good meal and perhaps some football, remember that there are a lot of people who are not as fortunate.
We have troops in all parts of the world who wish they were home with their families. There are a lot of Moms and Dads, and brothers and sisters, and children missing their Mom or Dad who are serving so that we can enjoy the freedom of living in the United States.
Crime and emergencies don’t take holidays either, so while your biggest stress of the day may be whether the turkey is too dry, out on the streets are police officers on patrol, fire fighters responding to calls, and paramedics and medical personnel standing by in case we need them. Hospitals don’t close.
While you are enjoying your Thanksgiving, think of those I mentioned and those I forgot to mention. Take a minute to look around and count your blessings, I bet they are more abundant than you realize. Hug your family a little closer, call a friend you have been meaning to call. Take a minute and check on an elderly neighbor. Donate to a worthy cause.
Recent events have taught me that life is precious and you must seize every opportunity to love those around you. Make sure that if you lost a loved one today, you would have no regrets.
Please remember too, don’t drink and drive, and don’t text and drive. Happy Thanksgiving!
Jerry G. Reynolds