The plates are cleared and the leftovers are gone, but before we jump into the busy Christmas season, there are plenty of reasons to stop and say thanks a few more times.
Personally, being thankful for a defending champion Super Bowl team gives me an extra holiday spark, but there are of course far more important reasons to remain thankful every day.
Be thankful if you are healthy. Never take for granted the basic advantages of simply being in good shape.
Be thankful for your family. In America today, “family” can rarely be defined in “Waltons” or “Little House on the Prairie” terms. Families consist of many different combinations of parents and children, husbands and wives, sisters and brothers, blood relatives and friends.
Be thankful for your job. Not every place of employment is a dream, and many jobs certainly seem like nightmares to those who punch a clock every day. But in this economy, if you are employed, you have an overwhelming reason to be thankful. Where you are now may not be where you want to end up, but even a stepping stone will keep your feet dry for now.
Be thankful for life. For many people, this has been a first Thanksgiving Day. For many people, this has been a final Thanksgiving Day. For the people in between, this has been a day like all days, a gift to treasure and share. Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers and supporters.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.