“When we review the calamities which afflict so many other nations, the present condition of the United States affords much matter of consolation and satisfaction.”
George Washington, Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of 1795
I believe this is as true today as it was in 1795. But what would it mean if we couldn’t honestly conclude that this still rings true? It’s a scary thought. It might mean that our country and our lives as we know them would be very different, and we might not be blessed with all of the fortunate opportunities and circumstances that provide us with so many things to be thankful for.
I guess I’m trying to say that I have lots of things to be thankful for – yes, material things like a home, car, and an unstoppable fantasy football team, but more importantly, immaterial things like my family, my health, and my freedom - lots of things that I otherwise might not have if Washington’s statement were no longer true.
And this Thanksgiving I’m especially thankful for the staying power of Washington’s statement because it’s a reassuring thought to consider as we work through some uncertain and tough times.
OK, that’s more than enough “food for thought.” Now let us commence with the “food for belly” part of Thanksgiving!!