In our society, too often we tend to forget how good we have it and complain about what we don’t have and other imperfections. No doubt nothing is perfect! But if one lives in this country, by world standards, one is at the very top of the global standards of living pyramid. For the overwhelming majority of us, things like basic housing, basic food, and a basic livable income is not an issue and that is worth being thankful for. I am thankful that I have an environment in which I can nurture my gifts and ideas; I am thankful that even though I am not where I am to be in life yet, I don’t lack the basic to survive, and I am thankful that I have a supporting family.
As much as I might not yet in at the point in life which I strive to be at, which is above average, I am thankful that I have the basics of life needed to survive. I never have to worry about the quality of what I am going to eat or where I am going to sleep each night. With my mind never having to bother about these issues, I am able to focus on the ideas I have and what I what I want to achieve in life and where I want to go with my life.
As a first generation American, who has taken the entrepreneurial route, I deeply appreciate the fact that I live in a place which allows me to nurture my gifts and ideas. In other places, basic amenities such as high speed internet and even a constant supply of electricity is taken as a luxury. As someone who is trying to enter a field which depends heavily on communications, being able to enter my laptop at any time is something I am thankful for. This boost my productivity and I never have to think about if these services would be available and I can go straight to world.
I am also thankful that I live in a country in which even thought a worrying and sharp decline in economic freedom has occurred in the past decade and a half, I still have enough of such freedom to chase my dreams. I am so thankful that I am able to reach out to likeminded people both online and offline and we are able to exchange a synergy of ideas and assist each other.
I am thankful that even though to some my ideas and goals might seem oversized (not to me!) and even borderline outlandish, I have a family which supports me. Nothing in this world can ever match the reassuring voice of family members who encourage one when one is in moments of distress or even doubt.
Finally, even with my deep flaws and imperfections, I thank Jesus Christ for giving strength, perseverance, and vision in the midst of the challenges and obstacles I face. I thank Jesus Christ for giving me an unwavering vision and a level of insight which some say is uncommon for many who are my age. Without him, all I do will amount to nothing and I will not have the will to press on for better days ahead of me.
Please eat all the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and any other special treats which might be made and savor in the company and joy of family, but never gloss over the meaning of the day and appreciate everything you have.