The day is finally upon us, bringing with it the turkey, stuffing (or dressing, depending on where you live), cranberry sauce, and various casseroles, vegetables, and desserts that come out of hibernation for this one day of the year. I wonder why that is?.... Are they too difficult to make the rest of the year?... The recipe only feeds a small army?... It would lose that "special occasion" charm?
Regardless, we continue a tradition supposedly started several hundred years ago when settlers took one day to forget about their troubles and appreciate the good things they had. That tradition has continued until the present.
Nearly every day on this blog we discuss the state of our nation, retched as it is, and sometimes try to entertain ourselves. Given the spirit of the day, I would like this blog to be the exception. Despite any of our problems, be they political, personal, economic, or spiritual, there will always be someone who has it worse. Today I ask all our bloggers to think about all the things that have blessed their lives, and tell us what you're thankful for.
I will do so individually in the comments along with everyone else. For the staff here collectively, I would dare say that we're extremely thankful we have this venue at all. Most everyone here knows the story of the dark path that led us to this bright spot. Several months ago, the situation was very different and the future looked grim.
Perhaps that's the lesson to be learned from taking stock of your past history. When the going is rough, it is often a dirt road to a destination you never expected. In retrospect, we often realize that the hardship was a necessary part of the journey. Where we all are right now is a result of our mistakes as well as our smart choices, and all of our unchosen circumstances, good and bad.
If we look at all the good things in our lives right now, we must realize that is was the bad road as well as the good that got us here, and this will be the case in the future as well. So be thankful for the struggles too, for they are a part of the odyssey....