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Everyone has something for which to be grateful

Posted: November 23, 2011 - 1:01am  |  Updated: November 23, 2011 - 4:38am

It’s that time of year again. Time to count our blessings and thank our family and friends for always being there for us.

It’s been a rough year for me. Back surgery is not a pleasant thing and, were it not for my circle of people taking care of me, I probably would have starved to death or killed myself.

Maybe we all need to look at our everyday lives and count the blessings we receive on a regular basis.

For instance, this nation of ours. Freedom does not come easily. But in America we can do what we please (as long as it’s not against the law), go where we want (as long as we have the money) and say exactly what’s on our minds (as long as we’re sure we won’t get sued).

Where do you live? In a house, an apartment, a trailer? Are you thankful for a roof over your head? You should be. Think of all the homeless souls out there.

They would certainly be grateful for a little help now and then: donating food to the local food bank, giving old clothes to Goodwill, or writing a check to the Salvation Army. There are probably a hundred different ways to make a difference and, at the same time, feel a little pride in yourself for doing so.

I’m grateful that God created pets. I cannot imagine my house without a dog. Sandy has reached the age where she doesn’t play that much any more, but she certainly keeps me company in my old age. And I know she loves me.

That’s why I take the best care I know how to make her happy and comfortable. Martinez Animal Hospital helps me out with that, which is yet another thing to be thankful for.

We should be happy to have the people in our lives whose work makes it easier for us to survive. The newspaper carrier, the mail man, the trash men and the pest control guy.

How often do you run into a sales person whose attitude and helpfulness just makes your day? I feel I have been very lucky in that respect. Besides, if you’re nice to them, they usually return the favor. A big smile and friendly, “Hello, how are you today?” goes a long way.

In general, people want to help. I have to use a cane now and I’m always dropping it. More often than not, there’s a stranger who rushes to my aid. Sometimes it amazes me how many great young people there are who help. Teen-agers are given a bad rap. Most of them have a good attitude and great people skills.

Well, that’s about it. Look around. Realize everything and everyone is something to be grateful for. Give thanks for all that. And have a happy Thanksgiving, Columbia County!

 

(Pat Fickle is a Martinez resident.)

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