November 26, 2008 by Marj Hatzell
And as a former vegetarian, I just gotta say…Mmmmmm…
Not to be all nostalgic on my bad self, but I gotta tell ya, I’m feeling pretty good. No, it’s not the little happy pills (although they help)! Srsly!I just wanted to share what I’m thankful for.
No matter how bad you think you’ve got it, remember, we’ve got it pretty good here. Yeah, we’re in an economic crisis. Folks ain’t happy. Politics are out of control. But think of where we live. Running water, food at stores people. Flushing toilets. Schools for our children. Malls, movie theaters, video games, cell phones. Hello! We live in a pretty advanced nation! Think about all of those people that live in third-world countries. Look at places like Ethiopia and (fourth world) Haiti. Feeling better about all you have? You should be.
I’m not trying to lecture y’all, really. I’m just saying: Perhaps if you altered your perception a bit? I’m telling you, I appreciate all I have. I may not have the fanciest house or the fanciest car. But I’ve got a house and a car. I’ve got good, healthy food on my table every night, a way to cook it, a shower to wash myself in and a husband that makes a good wage to take care of us. I have a way to educate my children, despite their special needs. They will be taken care of because we have health coverage, doctors minutes from our front door and medicines a stone’s throw away that take care of their chronic illnesses. Better yet, they have survived infancy and are gaining weight and thriving.
When you celebrate National Gluttony Day tomorrow (I Keed. I Keed.) and you bow your heads at that table, please take a moment to remember that you are truly blessed. And that they are not. I’m not trying to make you guilty. Just sayin’. Forget the eejit that cut you off in traffic. It doesn’t matter. Forget what your great-aunt Melba said to offend you at the table or that you finally lost at brickbreaker on your blackberry. It doesn’t matter. You? Your family? Your health? Living as well as you do? That matters.
Off my soapbox now…And time for the audience participation portion of our show.
It’s your turn! Tell me, what is it you are thankful for? What do you appreciate in your life? Let me know!