Happy Thanksgiving, everyone — even if you’re simply passing through to find the Black Friday ads!
This has certainly been a tumultuous year for me, from losing a job without warning to finding a new team to be a part of: great, brilliant people that I enjoy being around, a new beat to cover — and about a dozen great places to enjoy lunch near the office!
Laura Ingalls Wilder said, “It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” Or, as DMX put it, “I just find myself happy with the simple things, appreciating the blessings God gave me.”
It really has been a learning experience these past few months, having more time to spend with my dog, Ted, but wondering where the future will take me and what life holds in store. Thankfully, I’ve learned that while worrying where I’ll be five years from now, right now I really enjoy when Ted and I take our daily trip to the gas station for caffeine and a hunk of beef jerky that we split for lunch.
This year, I’m really thankful for my dog’s goofy personality. While I’m worrying about how I will afford retirement, what I will do if I have health problems or worry about the safety, health or happiness of my loved ones — I forget about that when I laugh at his silliness or when I feed him a potato chip and he throws his head back and crunch-crunch-crunches it down.
This is an uncertain time in the world, with the media and social media constantly bombarding us with visions of terror, reports of mass death tolls, sharply barbed opinions that either stir us to a simmering anger or incite us to murderous venom. I’m thankful that I have a “no weekends” policy in regard to social media.
I would never presume to preach to anyone or tell them how or what to believe, but it is times like these that we are living through that I am deeply thankful for my faith. I can see how someone would find a lot about religion implausible, but being able to tap into the peace that passes all understanding is a huge upside to the alternative of looking silly or being wrong. It’s just reassuring to know that someone is in charge.
Mainly this Thanksgiving I’m thankful for my family and friends, and I’m thankful that they are for the most part safe, happy and healthy. We may not all be satisfied with the past or the future, where we’re going or where we are headed, but I pray that we can find happiness in the moment, being together and enjoying each other’s company. In this I’m very fortunate, and I can’t lose sight of that fact.
I hope that each of you have a happy Thanksgiving in your own way, in whatever way makes you happy — especially if it’s reading a View newspaper to catch up with the latest in your community. Thanks for reading. firstname.lastname@example.org