Nov. 20, 2009: Take time to be grateful for what we have, by Meghan Cook

November 20, 2009 by

Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks for all that we have in our lives. When you give thanks you appreciate the things in life and are thankful for things that you already have.

When you are thankful you look at what you have, not what you want. Being thankful is looking at yourself in perspective, compared to people less fortunate, whether in Third World countries, or just down the street.

So many of us take the little things in life for granted, yet Thanksgiving is a time where we all come together and show our appreciation toward all that we have as well as our families. Many of us even take our families for granted. At times I don’t like my sister, but I know that I love her very much, and life without her wouldn’t be the same.

Jealousy can counteract being thankful; we get so caught up in what others have. In this situation we only see what we don’t have, not what we do have.

We all should take time to help others who are less fortunate than us.

We all have hard times, we all have our lows, but we should realize how much we really have, we should sympathize with those who are now going through hard times. We should always remember that if we believe in ourselves and are confident, things will get better.

We are lucky that we don’t have to worry about our home being bombed everyday. We don’t live in fear that our mother, brother, father, sister, son or daughter won’t come home from work everyday. We don’t live in as much danger as many of the people in other countries.

We are all fortunate that we have a country that is free. This is something that we should all be very thankful for.

We rely so much on others. Not all of us realize how much help we receive from teachers, police officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, lawyers and even our parents. We take many of these people for granted every day. Without these people, our lives would be completely chaotic.

During November, especially around Thanksgiving, we should all take some time to slow down and be thankful for what, and who we have by our side. Then we may just realize how much we truly have.

— Meghan Cook is an eighth-grader at Concordia Junior High School. She is the daughter of Jeff and Lori Cook.

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