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OK, let me get sentimental here a bit about tomorrow's Thanksgiving holiday here in the US. Sitting here at my laptop typing a blog post while I listen to "Pocketful of Sunshine" by Natasha Beddingfield, thinking about going to a party tonight, football game tomorrow morning and up to my family for a big holiday dinner tomorrow, we take for granted our lives. In fact more than take for granted, we actually complain and wonder why we don't have it better. Even in these tough economic times, for the most part we are spared the real disruptions and tough times that many in this world confront every day and that our grandparents faced in years gone by.
I was reminded of this last night while watching my sons baseball team practice. I was talking to a mom of another boy on the team. Having seen this family throughout the baseball season a couple of times a week, I never noticed or thought anything of them other than they were nice people and their son has a great compact swing when hitting. I mentioned to the Mom that we had gone away this past weekend across the state to Naples and had a great time. She told me that they have not had any vacation for 2 years. Her husband lost his job 2 years ago and has not been able to find another one. She is a licensed nurse and works 50+ hours a week and makes 50k a year. She supports herself, the two boys and her husband on this. They are 5 months behind on their mortgage and she is at her wits end.
Now of course you can say why can't the husband find a job. I don't know, but that isn't the point. Think about the pressure her and this family live with everyday and what it must feel like hearing about others going to Disney or other places on vacation here in Florida. Thinking about trying to buy healthy foods that cost more money. About getting the kids extra help so they do better in school. For me it made me realize that my problems can be very small indeed compared to others, even right in your community.
So be thankful for what you have. For sure there are others who look at what you have and would be grateful for it. Look no further than what you have in front of you and realize that no matter what, it could be a lot worse.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!