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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Still Waters Run Deep: Thanking the proper way

  • There is this trend on Facebook where people take each day in November and post a status about something they are thankful for.
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  • There is this trend on Facebook where people take each day in November and post a status about something they are thankful for.
    That's all fine and dandy, but it got me thinking about something. With Thanksgiving this week I felt this was an appropriate time to talk about it.
    This trend isn't something I take part of and I don't judge others for taking part in it. That's their choice and they are more than welcome to take part if they want. It's a nice idea and with 30 days in November I'm sure it really gets you thinking about what you really are thankful for.
    While the idea can be a good thing, it made me realize that it's almost similar to something like Veterans Day, as an example. The truth, unfortunately, is that many people wait until that specific day to remember those who fought for our country and to thank them for their service.
    But why should it be just Veterans Day? Shouldn't we be thanking veterans whenever we see them and shouldn't we always keep them in mind, even those who paid the ultimate price, because they are the reason we know what it means to be an American and to be free.
    The same concept can follow for Thanksgiving Day. Sure, feel free to say something you're thankful for each day of November if you want. I'm not going to stop you and neither should anyone else. But again, it shouldn't be just one day a year where we take the time to be grateful.
    Of course there are issues in our country. Nothing is ever perfect, but we are pretty fortunate. We take for granted a lot of things that people in other places would love to have. I think it's past time that we take a step back and appreciate everything we have, all year round.
    Don't show your loved ones you care only one day a year. Don't be grateful for that job just once. Take a look around your life and find all the things you are grateful for and appreciate them each and every day.
    Thanksgiving is our holiday and the point is to be with family and to be thankful, but it shouldn't be the national "let me think about everything that's happened in the last year, be grateful for it, then forget about it until next year."
    I hope all of you have a Happy Thanksgiving.
    Waters is a staff writer for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at kwaters@wayneindependent.com.
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