Archive for November 27th, 2008

            thanksgiving2008-019      Defeat and worse await those who fail to show gratitude for all that is  right and wonderful in their lives and in this special nation of ours .

                   Our liberty , our material bounty , our unexcelled opportunities , our science , our technology , our generosity as a people , the  talents of our neighbors , the kindness we so often encounter , the natural splendor of our land , the humor that bubbles up  constantly ,  traditions that guide us in  productive directions , a dramatic lessening of much that used to afflict us , and so much more .

                       Even in the worst of times – no , especially in the worst of times – appreciation of our blessings is critical . Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving proclamation came during the Civil War , the most bloody , awful years in American history , and  so why , one might wonder , was he talking about  ” fruitful fields and healthful skies ” about law and order being maintained during the conflict , about a growing population , enlargements of settlements and  other ” gracious gifts of  the Most High God ? ”   An answer is that by doing so he was helping to keep people from losing themselves in contemplation of nothing but the painful , to balance the frightening with hopeful , to derive power from  the positive , to push ahead .

                     It may well be that the United States is now  facing one of the  toughest economic periods we have known for a  while . But I am convinced , nothing that  hits us will destroy all that , and  granting as much will help us recover . This Thanksgiving will itself be  something to be  grateful for if we really do turn our attention to the marvels of our time , our place , our lives , for here lies rejuvenation , a source of energy and inspiration .

    Facing  reality  matters  but , does not mean just facing what’s worrisome , but what’s encouraging .

                     HAPPY THANKSGIVING  , everyone   !



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