I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving. After an emotional and sometimes divisive election year, I welcome the opportunity to turn my thoughts to something positive for a bit. Whatever our allegiances, we’ve come to a watershed moment in our country and we need to find ways to regroup as a nation, examine how we came to this place, and find ways to move forward in a way that benefits all of us. This may mean something different for each of us.
For now, it’s important to stop to think about the good things that are in our lives and not dwell solely on what distresses us.
Here are some reasons I have to be thankful:
I’m grateful for a year in which I have not lost a close friend or family member.
I’m grateful to be working with people I like who are committed to doing good work.
I’m grateful to all those folks who make life work for all of us—the mail deliverers, the sanitation workers, police and fire departments, the people in the grocery store—all who show up and do their jobs.
I’m grateful to all the nurses who show up every day, including Thanksgiving, and provide the care that every patient depends on.
And yes, I’m grateful to live in a great country that has faced many challenges, reconciled many differences, made so many great contributions to the world, and always eventually found a way to preserve our core freedoms while adapting to the one constant, which is change.
What are you thankful for?