Taking time to give thanks

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Communication technology is just one of the many luxuries we should be more thankful for having as part of our lives. But think about the life-and-death dangers faced by the early settlers of our country. Today we complain about luggage fees and TSA lines while we wait to take a jet across the country in just a few hours. The settlers, however, traveled in wooden boats or wagons facing untold dangers at every turn. Loved ones on either side of a trip back then may have never known the outcome of a visit gone bad, nor could they communicate any life-changing events easily.

Complaining will always be a part of our lives regardless of what age we live in, but placed in the context of time, challenges and frustrations will be seen as hurdles to some and opportunities to others. We can look back to the past and ahead to the future, but each of us was given only one life to live. While some may long for the past and others can’t wait for the future, make sure to take full advantage of the present. The opportunities you have with family and friends may be different by next year. Tomorrow will come soon enough. The regrets of yesterday can only be fulfilled today.

On this Thanksgiving, count your blessings and cherish those you’ve been able to share it with. Regardless of your situation, hope and opportunity are out there. You may have to open yourself up to find them, but a truly thankful heart can always see things more clearly. Let’s all hope the unrest, wars, pessimism and doubt concerning our future can be replaced with peace and optimism when we give thanks for the many blessings we currently enjoy. Let’s hope that, as a society, we take greater stock in what we have to be thankful for, instead of fighting and stressing over the things we won’t have in the future. Life is so short, and regrets can build up over the years. Don’t wait until it’s too late to appreciate the blessings in your life.

Let me also take this time to thank all of you who read this column and our publications. We appreciate your support and the many emails and letters of support you’ve sent over the past year. We intend to work hard to continue earning your support. Happy Thanksgiving.

Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He can be reached at dan@denpubs.com.

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