It is going to be hard this Thanksgiving for a number of people here and around the country to see the good that surrounds us every day.
The town has been forced to lay off good people because of this country’s economic problems. These people could be facing a new year without employment — never a pleasant position in which to find yourself and especially hard in the current business climate. We first and foremost are thankful for their dedication to the community and wish them success in the future.
In the midst of all the bad economic news, the loss of jobs and retirement funds that have been depleted by stock market losses, we as individuals and as a country still have much for which to be thankful.
We can start by looking around us — where we live, our good friends and for most of us, our good health and the good health of our loved ones.
We can also be thankful for the businesses that continue to employ us and make it possible for us to live in the Rim Country.
The area was spared from devastating fires this year due to the blessing of good precipitation and tremendous efforts of professionals and volunteers to reduce the fire fuels in our beautiful forests.
We can be thankful for the freedoms we enjoy — to vote for the people of our choosing, to be able to start new careers or new employment, for our ability to worship in the church of our choice. Just think of all the blessings we enjoy as citizens of this country that so many others can’t enjoy.
If we have been ill during the past, we can be thankful for the return to good health.
Look into the eyes of your loved ones and see the joy that they bring. That alone is one of the most important things to be thankful for. Be thankful for the good times you have enjoyed with your spouse, relatives and good friends. If they have passed within the last year, remember and be thankful for the wonderful memories with which you can keep them close.
Examine the memories you have of family and friends who made it through the Great Depression. You may find important lessons there with which to equip yourself to deal with the current economic climate.
It is a time of challenge for everyone. But with a challenge there is an opportunity to discover wisdom and strength you may not have known you possessed. It can also be a time that shines a light on the importance of the emotional support system you have with your family, friends and co-workers.
These are difficult times, but they are also precious times that should never be forgotten.
They are times for which we can be thankful.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving this week and through all the days to come.