There are many things for me to be thankful for this year. I have a very happy marriage, I have a pretty good job (for which I am respected) in a stable field, a wonderful boss whom I get along with very well, my sisters and their families and my mother and father all live within a 10 minute drive from me, I love my home and my cats, everyone in my immediate family is more or less healthy, I have a few very good friends that I care deeply for, even if I don’t see them often. I am grateful for my beautiful niece and three wonderful nephews. On top of all of this, my dream of becoming a professional audiobook narrator is coming true. What more could I ask for??
Well, that’s simple. I could ask that everyone in the world would have as many things to be grateful for as I do. I could ask that nobody in this world ever has to go to bed hungry, cold or scared. I could ask that nobody would ever have to choose between spending their last dollar on medicine or a meal. I could ask that people all over the world, no matter what (if any) faith they follow, would be able to get along peaceably with their neighbors. I could ask that no child ever has to fear violence or violation, no woman has to worry about walking alone at night.
I do ask for these things. Often, not just on Thanksgiving. I will continue to ask for these things, and more besides. I am grateful for the ability to do so, and to actually help when I can.
May your list of things to be grateful for be long. Happy Thanksgiving.