Swickard: Putting the thanks in Thanksgiving

© 2012 Michael Swickard, Ph.D. I’ve seen better days, but I’ve also seen worse. I don’t have everything that I want, but I do have all I need. I woke up with some aches and pains, but I woke up. My life may not be perfect but I am blessed. - From Lessons Learned in Life
The other day I saw the above quote. It expresses well my feelings since it shows that which makes me an optimist. I have a powerful belief things could be better or worse and I would still feel blessed. The holiday for optimists is Thanksgiving. The most important part is to concentrate on the Thanks. I do give thanks that my friends and relatives are still alive, though this last year lost several. I am thankful for all who are still here.
Everyone has some small stuff and sometimes not quite so small stuff that is kicking them in the keister, but I submit that if we go back just a couple of generations people lived their entire lives very much like the poor unfortunates that we see struggling from Hurricane Sandy. A few generations ago there was always those kinds of problems heating and lighting houses.
Go back to 1912 and the stories of difficulties were even more stark. Not that those people really paid attention. Then we have the Pilgrims and their neighbors, the people already living in North America before the Pilgrims.
Which brings us to 2012. We have much to be thankful for and the pessimists among us give us an earful about the coming collapse of our society. Will it? No way to know but obviously this government must go over the fiscal cliff to stop spending money it does not have.
Again, I am an optimist and even more important, it does not take all that much to make me happy: a little love, good dog, cup of coffee and something interesting. It could be we as a society are going to be smacked around by life. The people in Greece and Spain say they lived so well for so long that it cannot stop, but for them it has somewhat stopped. But each woke up this morning. That is not so bad. Read full column


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