It’s the day before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, and people are in a mad scramble to get everything done so they can celebrate the holiday with family, friends, and loved ones. The hectic roller-coaster ride of rushing to stores, climbing into cars and driving sometimes hundreds of miles, or jumping onto planes and flying across the country has begun.
Let’s slow our roll for a bit, shall we, and take a moment to reflect on the things we’re thankful for. The big things like, health, wealth and happiness naturally spring to the forefront of our minds. Many of us are blessed with a prosperity we oftentimes take for granted. We’re so busy keeping up with the Jones’s that we’ve forgotten everything we truly have accomplished in our mad dash.
Instead, let’s pause a moment and take look around. Do you have a roof over your head? Be thankful. Not everyone is so fortunate. Do you have food in the pantry and in the refrigerator? Be thankful because many go without How about that one special friend who’s always there for you, no matter what stupid stunt you’ve pulled? Yep, be thankful they are in your life, even if it’s to stay I told you so.
As a nation, we are blessed with an abundance of riches, and we often forget how much we have, and the costs associated with it. Our Armed Forces don’t get to pack everything up and head home to their families for a big home-cooked meal and football on the TV. Instead, they are out there, on the front lines, protecting us—so we have the freedom to sit down to that home-cooked meal and watch our favorite teams go for that game-winning touchdown.
On a personal note, I am thankful to be able to do a job I love, and write stories that hopefully keep the readers on the edge of their seat, turning the page to figure out who the villain is, and if the hero will save the girl (or if the heroine will save the guy).
My wish for you is a very blessed Thanksgiving holiday, and remembrance of what we have, big and small.
For the holiday weekend, Deadly Justice (part of my New Orleans Connection Series) is on sale for only 99 cents. (How’s that for a shameless plug?