Today’s Editorial November 22: Let us give thanks

Those of us with family and friends in the United States know that many of them will bow their heads and utter thanks before they dig into a Thanksgiving feast.

Thanksgiving is a day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada.

It’s a day when families and friends reflect and offer praise and thanks for the events in their lives.

While Thanksgiving is clearly a North America celebration, there is no reason that we in the Cayman Islands can’t also take a moment and be thankful for all we have been given.

With all the commotion going on in Government right now, we can be thankful that we can comment on it through the editorial pages and radio talk shows. It means that we have freedom of speech.

Now that the rainy season is over, many of us are faced with overgrown yards in need of a trim. Be thankful for that unruly grass and the opportunity to cut it – it means you have a home.

Is your kitchen pantry cramped with hurricane supplies? Be thankful. It means we were spared a major storm again this year. But be vigilant, hurricane season won’t end until 30 November.

Be thankful for that overflowing basket of dirty laundry waiting to be washed. It means you have clothes to wear.

Be thankful for a crowded downtown when a plethora of cruise ships is docked in our harbour. The people who chose to visit us are leaving behind money that bolsters our economy.

Be thankful for that annoying alarm clock that makes its presence known five days a week. It means you’re alive.

Be thankful for challenges. We wouldn’t learn without struggles and mistakes, which means we wouldn’t progress.

Be thankful for family and friends.

Be thankful for the meals on your table and the hands that prepare them.

Be thankful for your co-workers; it means you have a job.

Be thankful for your significant other – he or she chose to love you – and for your children.

Be thankful that we live in a country that is blessed with pristine beaches and deep blue seas. It’s scenery most people dream about. We actually get to take it in every day.

Be thankful for our healthcare system and the people who practice their craft daily, healing us and giving us comfort.

Most of all be thankful for life.

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