Thanksgiving

Posted: November 28, 2014 in Philosophy
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I like many of you have a lot to be thankful for.  I have a beautiful family, nice home and a couple cars.  I have plenty of food to eat and a warm bed to sleep in.  Compared to a lot of people in the world I/we live in great prosperity.  We are truly blessed to live at this time of great technological wonders (like blogs and the internet that make sharing information so easy).  I would like to make two suggestions on this day of Thanksgiving.  There is a good possibility that things may change for this worse.  The national debt is approaching 18 trillion dollars.  We may experience a depression or even economic collapse.  Our lives could change dramatically any day.  I hope this never happens but think we should be prepared for the possibility.

1.  Start now by thinking about and acknowledging all the things you have to be thankful for.  What in your life truly matters?  Take time each day to be thankful.  It shouldn’t be too hard to identify A LOT of things you have to be thankful for.  Ingratitude is a cancer and a real shame.  You don’t realize what you have until it is gone.  Don’t let this happen to you.  Don’t live with the regret that you didn’t appreciate what you had.

2.  Take this time of relative of wealth to get prepared.  Store up extra food, water, and supplies when they are abundant.  Today the grocery store shelves are full.  They may not be tomorrow.  Everyone is familiar with Aesop’s fable “The Ant and the Grasshopper.”  In summary, the grasshopper spends the warm summer months singing.  He sees the ant working hard to haul an ear of corn home.  He asks the ant what he is doing.  The ant replies that he is storing food for winter and suggests the grasshopper do the same.  The grasshopper scoffs at the idea.  He says “Why bother about winter, we have plenty of food at present.”  Winter comes and the grasshopper is starving to death.  He sees that the ants are surviving comfortably on their stored food.  He realizes it is best to prepare now for times of need.  This fable has never been more applicable.  People have an odd disconnect with this fable.  Everyone understands and agrees with the moral but very few people actually apply it.  Most people are the grasshopper and look at the ant as odd or weird.  They can’t accept that winter will eventually come.

Let us all be more grateful for what we have.  Let’s strive for better perspective and focus on the things that really matter.  Let’s take advantage of the warm summer months that we currently enjoy and get better prepared.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Comments
  1. goldenbear77 says:

    Nice post! Extremely appropriate!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Thanks for doings this I am enjoying your posts.

    Liked by 1 person

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