There’s plenty to be thankful for |

There’s plenty to be thankful for

Post Independent Opinion
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

According to Webster’s Dictionary, thanksgiving is the act of giving thanks, the expression of gratitude or a form of words in recognition of divine mercies. Thanksgiving Day is defined as the fourth Thursday in November, set apart as an annual festival of thanksgiving for the year’s blessings.

We are often moving so fast worrying about the turkey, when everyone will arrive and that spot on the carpet that we forget to focus on what this annual festival is meant to celebrate.

Even with the economy taking its own sweet time in recovering and our politicians unable to create a plan to get our country out of debt, we have a tremendous amount to be thankful for.

So, we encourage you to take a quiet minute this holiday just to be thankful. If you are having a hard time coming up with something, borrow one from the list of things the Post Independent staff is thankful for:

A healthy, active family.

Keeping my job (so far …) during the recession.

To get to live in this beautiful valley.

A beautiful wife and wonderful kid.

My family is coming to visit this Christmas.

The Occupy Everywhere movement, which has brought attention to the issue that too many of our current economic priorities are destroying not only the American Dream but our children’s faith in their future.

Riding on a chairlift with the sun sparkling off of the snow.

A very loving and supportive extended family.

Wild turkeys running through my yard every morning.

To be part of this wonderful community.

My two daughters and now, three wonderful grandchildren.

Hospice of the Valley and Heritage Park for taking great care of my mom in her final months.

To have grown up in a nation formed on Christian principles.

The three boys (two little and one big) that I get to share my life with.

A comfortable home.

Receiving Lou Malnati’s pizzas each holiday season from my mom, and that I have tickets to Widespread Panic in Aspen.

Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers’ 9-1 record.

The Hot Springs Pool at lunch.

A new Post Independent office in the hub of Glenwood Springs.

Great work mates.

The deer I didn’t hit on my way into work this morning.

The welcoming people who live in this valley.

Our new office being next to May Palace.

My family and great friends.

Having a job where I am able to interact with different businesses every day.

Arab Spring, which has awakened the urge toward greater democracy and less autocratic rule in the Middle East.

The new four-legged friend we have in the office.

The trail system in the area that keeps improving.

My family and wonderful husband.

Bob Dylan still being with us, still cranking out great music, even as he maintains those elusive, reclusive habits that keep us guessing about what he’ll do next.

Buying snow tires this year.

Living in a valley with clear air, clean water and abundant, fascinating wildlife.

… Life is good.

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