Giving thanks this year may be difficult for many Americans who are still dealing with the results of the November 8 election.
It’s difficult, too, because of the negative attitude so many exhibit in public gatherings or around the table and on social media and the news.
Thanksgiving is a time for the family to gather, for old friends and new to be together, and for setting aside differences.
Before you tell the editor she doesn’t know what she’s talking about think carefully about the past, present and future.
Think why the early settlers gave thanks for so little. They had food to eat, shelter and amazingly, had friendly native Americans to thank for their survival.
Can you imagine the terrors they lived through . . . sailing across an ocean in a wooden ship that wasn’t a whole lot bigger than an RV, leaving behind all that was familiar, not knowing if they would be able to survive in this wilderness and then a year later they were able to look back on their efforts to stay alive. So they gave thanks.
There was no radio, newspaper, television, computer, iPhone or any of the media we take for granted today. Some of them could barely write. Yet they left their homeland sailing west to who knew what and cutting off nearly all connections with family or homeland.
And they survived. And they built the foundation of this nation. The same nation that today is in a turmoil because we don’t like our neighbors, our politicians, and our communities. All because we disagree about what happened on November 8, when, as Americans, we participated in one of the greatest freedoms available to people anywhere.
So what do we do? We protest. We want a recount. We whine about the winners. We complain about the process. We want to change the Constitution. And instead of pulling up our big boy or big girl pants and moving forward, we sulk and pout and raise hell.
So you don’t like the world that you helped create by either voting for the wrong person or not voting at all and now you don’t know how you’re going to survive.
Americans have survived Civil War, World Wars, attacks by terrorists, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods. And we will survive this election.
You may not like who got elected, but now you have a chance to learn more about the process and do something about it. Get involved in your community. Volunteer. Get educated. Help those who have less than you do. Learn how the system works and try to improve it.
Remember that you have food, shelter and a heck of a lot of conveniences our ancestors lacked. So just be thankful that you live in the era you do, that you live in the country you do, and that you have family and friends to share all the good things about life.
In other words, be thankful for what you have during this time of Thanksgiving.