This year, I heard a story where some schools are telling students that Thanksgiving is a day of mourning because of what our ancestors did to Native Americans. (After the amount of money I've given back to Native Americans in their casinos, I'd say I've more than said I'm sorry.)
But that's not the way we should see Thanksgiving. Sure, American history is full of instances when we haven't exactly treated people with the respect they deserve, but we have the rest of the year to consider that. To me, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect, count our blessings, and give thanks for what we have. In that spirit, I offer the following.
I'm thankful to God for blessing me with my life and my talents.
I'm thankful to the President and our armed forces for protecting our freedoms, even when we don't agree with their mission.
I'm thankful to my family for your love and support over the years.
I'm thankful to my friends for enriching my life in so many ways.
I'm thankful to my readers for their insight and support.
And, yes, I'm thankful to my critics for keeping me honest, and in most cases, keeping me doing what I'm doing.
A time to be mournful? Hardly, when there is so much to be thankful for if you really take the time to think about it.
Happy Thanksgiving everybody!