A message on Thanksgiving: No One is Entitled

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On this Thanksgiving, when we stop and think of all the things we should be happy for, we need to realize that the things we overlook, the things we take for granted are the things we need to be most thankful for.  If we live a life without hunger, a life where we can move around safely in freedom, and where are worst complaints still have us living a life so many around the world would be thrilled to be living, we need to truly stop and be thankful.

The things we might call “ridiculous”, the inconveniences that frustrate us, those things we seem to forget are gifts, not things we are entitled to, those are the things that either we should be thankful for, or at the very least should motivate us for a general feeling of thanks.  There may very well be people who read this that truly have problems.  Poor health or poor health of a loved one, hunger, poverty, violence or death are all reasons to ask for a better life and a better world.  But for those who get upset when the air condition doesn’t work for a day, or the line in the supermarket is too long, the website you love going on is down for maintenance, or your boss was mean to you, take a minute to realize how lucky you really are to have these problems.  And be thankful for it.

If you scored a big payday, or had great things happen in your personal life, of course you should be thankful for this.  But on this Thanksgiving to everyone looking for things to be thankful for and missing the obvious right in front of them I say this.  These are blessings, not entitlements. Be thankkful for them.

Withing you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

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