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Giving Thanks…

 

Thanksgiving….

Someone sent me something in the mail not long ago and it had to do with a poll that was taken by Newsweek magazine…

The poll indicated that a majority of Americans (67%) are unhappy with life in America…

Think about that…

2/3 of the country is unhappy with the way we live…

Wow…

And since we’re sneaking up on Thanksgiving, I wanted to take a moment to let you know that I am NOT one of unhappy people…

Having grown up in a military family, and then having spent a lot of my adult years in the military (I was 28 years old before I no longer had a military ID card… ) I got to live in a lot of foreign countries…

Trust me on this… America is a GREAT PLACE TO LIVE and we should all be thankful for the things we have and the things we DON’T have…

What I’m about to say applies to 94% of Americans… think about that…

94%!!

 

I am thankful…

That when I get up on Thanksgiving morning, I can walk into the bathroom or the kitchen and turn on the water. We don’t have to wait for the water truck to show up so we can get whatever water we can carry back…

We don’t have to carry buckets down to the dirty, polluted river to get water to cook with…

We don’t have to walk down to the community well in the center of the village and lug the jugs back to our home…

Nope, we can turn on the tap, and there it is… water!! Any time of the day or night…

Clean water!

We can bathe and shower and drink and make Kool-Aid and wash our cars and fill our swimming pools and water our lawns…

How cool is that? A big portion of the world doesn’t know what that’s like…

I’m thankful that I can walk into Wal-Mart or Meijers and gaze upon aisle after aisle of food… canned food, boxes of food, bags of food, bulk food, frozen food, junk food, healthy food… and more. We can buy cookies and cakes and steaks and celery and apples and peanut butter and Hostess Orange cupcakes…

There is a huge chunk of the world that doesn’t have that option…

I’m thankful that I can drive home this weekend to visit family and friends and I don’t have to worry about militia setting up road blocks along I-75. I don’t have to worry about bombs dropping in towns I’m passing through or explosions rocking the countryside… I know that the odds are overwhelming that I will arrive at the folk’s farm safe and sound, and so will most of my family…

A big chunk of the world doesn’t know that kind of security…

I’m thankful that if we do get involved in some sort of accident on the way home, that there will be people there who will take care of us… Good Samaritans will stop to see if we’re OK and help us… Police will show up, rescue squads will show up… even a helicopter if I need help REALLY bad will show up to take us to the hospital… and these are people that have given up their holiday to be there for us…

I’m very thankful for that…

A big chunk of the world doesn’t have this kind of support…

I’m thankful that I can go to my own church on Thanksgiving, and you can go to your own church, and everyone can go to any church or temple or synagogue they want to celebrate the holiday…

A HUGE chunk of the world doesn’t have that option…

I’m thankful that my family will be coming in from North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida and Texas and not one single one of them will have to go through checkpoints, show papers as they cross state borders, or explain to anyone in a uniform why they’re on the road…

And they will find clean restaurants with good food, comfortable motels with clean rooms and friendly people all along their trip… A big piece of the world doesn’t know that kind of freedom of movement…

I’m thankful that there are men and women out there who take care of us everyday… Police, Firefighters, Doctors, Nurses, Soldiers… all sorts of people working hard to make our lives better… taking care of our health, our homes, our lives and our country… they do it because they WANT to, not because they’re being forced to do it… they’re there to help US!

A very BIG portion of the world doesn’t have that kind of protection…

I’m thankful for y’all too… friends, co-workers and associates that I see every day. People that say “Good Morning”, that smile and come to work every day doing their jobs, and making this place a better place to be…

I’m thankful for the people that make me think, that make me smile, that make feel good and that make me remember that I’m one of the lucky ones…

Thank you!!

Yep… I’m thankful…

Because, my friends… a big chunk of the world doesn’t have what we have… They will never know the freedom and the security and the peace that we know here in America…

Don’t get me wrong… I know that times are tough… The economy stinks, GM is in trouble, our investments are shrinking and

I’m getting older and balder…

But 94% of Americans enjoy a standard of living unknown and unimaginable to a very large portion of the rest of the world…

We are safe, and warm and fed…

And for that… we should ALL be thankful…

And with that, I wish you all a safe and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

SAELIG!!

 

 

 

 

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