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Thanksgiving

                                        By Dean Nicosia

November  2005

What are you thankful for?

That's a simple question that shouldn't need asking on this day of the year, but most likely if you are reading this you live in America, and in America, we sometimes need to be reminded to ask that question, even on this day of the year.

So what are you thankful for?

I was listening to Bob Lonsberry today on WHAM 1180, which BTW you can now listen to online at www.wham1180.com, and he made a great point that hit home with me. We in America tend to look at the 10% of the glass that is empty, and forget about the 90% that is full. And if you live in America, even if you are poor by definition, you have a glass that is close to 90% full. 

So it begs the question, "What are you thankful for?". 

I'll start with the troops, and just say I'm thankful to them and to God that we have such an incredible group of people defending our freedom. No matter what your stance is on the war, if you are an American, you have so much to be thankful for when it comes to those who protect us and our interests.  So, let me just put thanking God for our troops, and thanking those troops for their dedication, number one on the list of things to be thankful for. 

I'm sure if you look at your life with a clear mind from an objective viewpoint, you can find many more personal things to be thankful for, such as family and friends,  but let me just throw a few more things that all of us Americans can be thankful for. 

We live in the greatest economic nation on earth. As a country with so many people, and every class of people represented, we have a place where those in the bottom classes have so much more than most in the middle and upper classes of many other nations. 

I'm not even talking about the poorest nations of the world either, you just take a look at England, and you will see that the middle class in England don't have half of what our poor have, and that is something I've seen with my own eyes. I'm talking about the little pleasures in life like cable TV, broadband internet, and more than one car per household. Those are things that my Sister's family didn't have the last time I was there for a visit, and they are considered middle class. 

My brother-in-law at the time was a welder, and his income at the time was quite a bit less than what it would have been had he held the same job in America, and his money went about half as far. They had a little tiny car, and dial-up internet that you had to be quick with because the phones over there all charge by the minute, and quite a hefty rate to boot. They owned a home, but it was row housing (like a townhouse) and it was small, and they had a couple of tiny appliances. I could go on, but I won't, take it from people that have been outside of America, we are so richly blessed, each and every one of us. 

I thank God for those blessings.

We also live in a country where we enjoy political, religious, and business freedoms that they don't enjoy in other countries. We have the right to own property and so many opportunities to make a living. 

If you are a Christian, in this great nation, you have to thank God that you live in a land where you are not persecuted for your religious beliefs. Likewise if you are an atheist, agnostic, Jew or Muslim. You are not told who to pray to, or how to pray, if you live in America. 

We are so free, and we have so many choices, and we don't really realize that during the grind of a hard work week. We think about our problems, and our missed opportunities, and we think about where we want to be in 5 years, but we rarely stop and think about how lucky we all are to be where we are, right here and right now. 

Well, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank God for all that he has blessed me with as an American, and for the salvation his son provided me as a child of God. 

 I would like to just ask you, "what are you thankful for?". Whatever your political stripe, religion, race or creed, you have so much to be thankful for as an American. 

So what are you thankful for? Think about it for a second before you start to complain again, it will do you some good.

That's just my Slanted Thanksgiving thought...

Go Patriots and God Bless!!

...Thatís just My Slanted View!!