Thanksgiving good wishes and cheer to one and all. We don’t often enough take stock of how well off we really are. Following are some things to be thankful for.
Be thankful you are not in the Taj Hotel in Mumbai (where I have stayed at least a dozen times, most recently fourteen months ago). India is a beautiful, but chaotic country. Our country, however imperfect, has better security than that.
Be thankful that you are not in a country like Georgia with a dominant and powerful neighbor that invades if the political tide turns in a direction that they do not favor. Our country is too powerful for that.
Be thankful that you live where democracy does thrive. I spent much time in Saudi Arabia where, for all their money, they still lack one thing many Americans take for granted: the right to vote.
Be thankful that most Americans are able to live their lives far from violence. A generation of Iraqi, Israeli, and Afghani children has not been so lucky.
Be thankful that we have a safe food supply. Thousands of Chinese babies were not so lucky.
And the next time you are stressed waiting for a parking spot at Costco, the next time someone cuts you off in traffic, the next time your boss gives you little or no raise, stop and consider what you can indeed be thankful for. And thank God that you’re an American.