Is it still time to say Thanks. I published this
article by Charlie Page back in 2005. I re-read it today.
Yes war, scandals, disasters, economic crisis but no bird
flu. How many things do we fear that never come to
Some things may seem to never change - bad things, but the
good things also remain. So as we approach Thanksgiving and
Christmas, it is time to review all the good that is in our
A Time For Thanks
(c) 2005 Charlie Page
It seems we can't read or listen to the news without seeing or
hearing talk of war, political scandals, natural disasters, and
the bird flu. Few speak of the blessings they enjoy.
Some voices are asking, in November 2005, is THIS a time to be
thankful? I believe the answer is a resounding "YES"! Here are
only a FEW of the reasons why.
You are reading this on a computer connected to the Internet.
In contrast, many countries will forever deny their citizens
the ability to do what we do everyday - sign on and read email
- for fear that truth will set them free.
The sheer fact that you are reading this article means you are
better off than 2 billion (yes - that is a "B") citizens of
planet earth who can't read. If you know, right now, where your
next meal will come from you are better off than 17% of
children living in America.
The rates for other countries are staggeringly high. In these
things and more, most of us are privileged in ways that others
only dream of.
The Internet itself is a reason for great thanksgiving. It may
seem cliche, but the fact remains that in no other time in the
history of the world has it been easier to open your own
business and change your circumstances.
For many the Internet is not a convenience, but rather the only
way out of desperate circumstances.
A computer programmer in one of the formerly Communist
countries of Eastern Europe found his way out of poverty by
selling his services cheaply over the Internet. Providing
excellent customer service and thankful for the opportunity
itself, the income he earns makes possible such "luxuries" as
proper medical care and a steady food supply.
While the average per capita income in his country remains
under $1000 U.S., he eclipses that number and is building a
future for himself and his extended family. We in America view
Thanksgiving as a one-day event, yet one can guess that it's
Thanksgiving every day in his home.
If you live in America, your Constitution guarantees you life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You have rights. You have
the right of free speech, the right to peacefully assemble and
Students in Tian'anmen Square made the ultimate sacrifice on
June 4th, 1989 in an attempt to gain for themselves a right
that we in America have enjoyed for over 200 years. We move
freely from state to state with no border guards. We are free
to worship as we choose. We have access to our elected
officials. If we don't like something they do, we can vote them
out of office.
For these things we should be grateful indeed, because they
ensure our continued freedom and ability to determine our own
Our world encourages us to be competitive, to win. These are
necessary traits if we are to progress. Progress is necessary
and good. Yet the siren song of business, the desire for double
digit growth and the constant comparisons of ourselves to
others often cause us to forget that we have so much more than
We must not let the speed of the Internet or the constant
demands of our business life steal our sense of well-being and
appreciation for the people in our lives.
Make no mistake, real tragedy has occurred. No amount of "happy
thinking" will change that reality. Business success will
always take hard work and long hours. Success itself will
always be a collaborative effort. Grieving people will always
require time to heal. Genuine gratitude, however, to God and
those around us will speed our healing and bring comfort while
As the year draws to a close, it is appropriate for us to count
our blessings and be thankful.
If you are having difficulty finding your blessings, try
starting with these simple questions.
* Do you live free today?
* Does someone love you today?
* Have you heard children's laughter?
* Are you part of a family?
The more you think, the more you will realize that you are
blessed indeed. When we harbor the illusion that we can change
the future, and allow our thoughts to stay there, we forget the
joys of today.
As we rush headlong into the holiday season the days seem so
short. Yet now is perhaps the best time to express our
thankfulness to those around us.
In this, the season of giving, let us pause to remember those
who we are thankful for.
From giving something as simple as a smile to a co- worker to
surprising your spouse with a spontaneous gift to show your
love, let us each commit to brighten someone's life this very
Now more than ever we must pause to count our blessings. Count
yours today and every day and you will find that you are rich
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