Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and as usual we all have many things to be thankful for. After all that’s what the coming holiday is all about. But, in light of the current legislative terrors plaguing our society regarding President Obama’s deceptive scheme to steal vast portions of average people’s wealth and redistribute it to those who’ve yet to earn their way, and considering that every day is a struggle to continue compliance with the existing hundreds of thousands of laws and regulations in order to stay out of the Prison Industrial Complex, I have a suggestion. I think people ought to think carefully about what they’re thankful for, but most importantly – who provided those things for them.
We did, as individuals, provide for ourselves our current circumstances. We live in the realm of our own consequences for our own decisions and actions and inaction. If you’re thankful for your freedom, be thankful for your own choices that have allowed you to remain out of jail and in good enough company that you are able to resist the temptation to deviate from social norms. If you’re thankful that you live in America and that America boasts one of the highest standards of living, thank yourself for recognizing it and not searching elsewhere for greener pastures.
Too often, people give it up. Every holiday season I hear people handing over credit for their successes and accolades to their gods and governments. I’ve even heard people say that they’re thankful for being born in America, which is a nice sentiment, but this is an entirely lucky event which cannot be logically credited to anyone without giving credit to everyone throughout all of history.
So thank yourself. If you did well in school, be grateful for having the courage to persevere. If you landed a good job or kept one, be deeply appreciative of your own hard work and level headed decision making skills that made that possible. If you bought a new car or made any life-changing purchase, be grateful for saving enough of your hard earned money to do so, or for having the backbone to set priorities and goals and follow them through while navigating the financial and legal processes. If you have a wonderful spouse, be thankful that you have chosen to be attractive to that person (of course you’ll want to keep this thought on the DL).
People are amazing. Everyday, people triumph over distractions from their priorities, attempts by the government to steal their money and/or imprison them. Everyday, people work hard, remember their goals and strive for better situations for themselves and their families. So this year, when you’re making that toast, or saying that grace, throw a line in there that comes straight from the heart without leaving the heart behind. Throw a line in their thanking yourself for being amazing. Have a moment of silence even, to think about some of the adversities you’ve faced, some of the lost battles you’ve bounced back from, and some of the accomplishments you’ve achieved over the last year or so. You are an incredible individual, and you deserve some recognition. Good job!