Thursday, November 24, 2016
A Time—Finally—to be Thankful
After what has amounted to a contentious season of political wrangling, at long last, perhaps America can stop, take a deep breath, put it all momentarily behind us and settle in to enjoy a commonly-held tradition—Thanksgiving.
While it may not seem like Americans have much to be thankful for—after all, contentment doesn't sell much news, allow newcomers to unseat incumbents or change the status quo—a lot more of us do have some blessings for which we can express gratitude than it may seem.
It almost seems counter-cultural now to take even a moment to express gratitude for what we have—or, considering the upcoming holiday season, for what we've been given—but I hope you'll still be willing to partake of this American tradition on the one day set aside to focus on what's good about what we have. Somehow, I think the reprieve of such a moment might collectively do us all some good.
Above: "Going to Church," 1853 oil on canvas by American artist George Henry Durrie; courtesy Wikipedia; in the public domain.