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From Captain Ed
Thanksgiving is perhaps the only family holiday that really asks us a profound question: what do we have in our lives that earns our gratitude? So much time in our lives is devoted to striving and achieving that we lose sight of the blessings around us. On Thanksgiving, we are called to to pause, consider, and reflect, activties that are somewhat anathema to Americans on this most American of all holidays.
Every year I try to make my list, and every year I feel I miss the mark, in some fashion. But the process is valuable in itself, I believe. Just taking the time to look around us and measure the value of the people and places in our lives reminds us that they have an intrinsic value and an impact on who we are. Our family and friends shape us in ways both subtle and obvious. If we value ourselves, then we have to value them beyond our casual appreciations, even during those times when appreciations are difficult. Thanksgiving calls us to that greater appreciation, that clearer understanding, that self-analysis that we mostly avoid the other 364 days of the year.
In that vein, I'm going to give thanks for those who differ and oppose me politically. They are Americans who believe they are pursuing the best policies for this country that we love so much. They provide a needed counterbalance to ensure against abuse, as we do for them. They help me to hone my arguments, and in some cases, help me to see where I've been mistaken. Most of all, they demonstrate that democracy works, and that the nation will survive and strengthen itself through the open exchange of ideas and beliefs.
Happy Thanksgiving to All of the ItsHappening Family!
Last edited by NYer; 11-23-2006 at 02:20 PM.