Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving! Okay. Yep, I know the past few months have been tough. Believe me this self-employed writer is feeling the current economic meltdown too. We're heading into uncharted economic waters now. But you know, there is a silver lining to this. Perhaps now we Americans can begin rediscovering just what makes our country so great-and it has little to do with accumulating material objects. It has everything to do with the freedom to do so-and with that freedom comes responsibility. Happiness is not measured by consumption. Happiness is attained by strong bonds to family, friends, community and the natural world. Tough economic times? Hey we're Americans- resourceful people who etched out a great nation from wilderness- survived civil war- fought the Nazis and Imperial Japan, persevered through the Great Depression that lasted for over a decade. And you know what? We're better off because of all of these challenges. Sometimes we don't really see our true selves and real nature except in times of crisis. And we are in one now. We'll get out of it and we'll be better off because we worked to get out of it. This is a great time to reflect on what is truly important and to be thankful for all that we have-and we as a nation have so much! That's worth celebrating over- We've come a long way since Jamestown and Plymouth were founded in the early 1600s. The colonists then survived great odds. They were thankful for their bounties, the help of others (Indigenous people who had little to gain by helping them) and for Providence's divine hand. Amen. Happy Thanksgiving everyone for we have so much here to be thankful for!

(Photo- Not exactly a Thanksgiving dinner but the folks at tiny Frenchglen, Oregon know how to feast and celebrate)

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