Today is a day of thankfulness. I, like many others, have many things in my life that I am thankful for: family, friends, a house over my head, clothing, a good job. If someone would have told me in high school that my life would be like this, I would have laughed in their face and told them they were crazy.

However, as I look around my front room and see the empty soda cans and open chip bags from my roommates, I realize how blessed I truly am. Yeah, my house may not be the cleanest and I may have to walk over animals and clothing just to get to the bathroom, but it’s lived in, and for that reason, I am thankful. Yeah, my family may live an hour away across the Illinois boarder, but I know I can show up on their doorstep unannounced and I’m welcomed with open arms, and for that reason, I am thankful.

So, stuff your face with turkey and ham and whatever else you want to. As we enter into the holiday season, I urge everyone to make a list of things they’re not thankful for. Once that is made, ask yourself, “How can I turn this into a list of things I’m thankful for?” One would be surprised how a simple word or phrase can be turned into something much more.

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! 

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