We all have much to be thankful for
Published: Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
As we all settle into our seats in front of our turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy this Thanksgiving, let us not forget that this year, and every year, we all have so much to be thankful for. Even if this year has been an especially trying or maybe even a rather forgettable year, there are always things for which to give thanks.
If you’re reading this now, be thankful—you have your eyesight and you can read; two things that we probably don’t appreciate enough, but probably should. It’s not always the most obvious things we should be thankful for, but rather, the mundane, trivial things we wouldn’t appreciate unless they were taken from us. Be thankful you can walk. Be thankful you can talk. Be thankful there is a roof over your head. Be thankful you can afford this newspaper. Some people can’t spare the $1.
We are always thankful for another year to celebrate being alive. Anyone who has their health has plenty of reason to be thankful. There are always people sicker than us and worse off than us. It’s often said someone who has their health has it all. So if you’re healthy, be thankful. If you’re recovering from some ailment, be thankful. If you’re currently battling an ailment, be thankful you are still around to battle. If you have hope, be thankful.
We are also thankful for our family and friends. Most of us will read this editorial surrounded by family and friends over the holiday weekend. Enjoy your time with them. The world is unpredictable, and time is a funny thing. We never know when the words we speak to someone will be the last. Let’s never take for granted the time we get to spend with family and friends. Let’s instead be thankful for it and cherish it while we can. Much like trees don’t grow to the sky, nothing lasts forever. For some, this will be the last Thanksgiving you get to spend with a certain friend or family.
Be thankful you live in the Custer community. Custer is like an extended family of sorts, full of people always willing to lend a helping hand, say hello or come to someone’s aid when they are needed. There are really no strangers in Custer, just friends you haven’t met. No community helps each other out and offers support the way Custer residents do. It’s truly a reason to be thankful.
Thanksgiving is a holiday that is often overlooked, between the fun of Halloween and the earlier and earlier crush of Christmas advertising and preparation. But Thanksgiving is a true American holiday, first celebrated by our forefathers years ago who were planting the seeds for the comforts and country that we enjoy today. Being American is one trait that binds us all, and is truly a reason to be thankful.
So, this Thanksgiving, in between your second helping of pumpkin pie, your nap and eight hours of football, remember all of the things you can be thankful for, big and small. No matter what your lot in life is, we all have reasons to be thankful. They are all around us. We can see them everywhere. That in itself is just another reason to be thankful.
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