Two questions I find worth thinking about on Thanksgiving (and also on many other days) are (1) For what am I thankful? Thankfulness or gratitude inherently point to the source or giver of that for which I am thankful. Therefore, (2) to whom (or what) am I thankful? My experience is that by becoming aware of those things for which I’m truly thankful, I: · Develop and/or strengthen a positive outlook on life · Develop and/or strengthen my appreciation of the source(s) of those things · Cultivate an optimistic outlook, diminishing any pessimism I may feel In an era when an unchecked pandemic threatens life and silliness surrounding the recent US election unsettles many in addition to the usual persistent litany of woes (wars, famines, racism, injustice, etc.), a daily practice of thankfulness can help a person to maintain a healthy sense of personal peace and equilibrium.
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This Veteran’s Day has prompted some musings about the color blue, the election and Veteran’s Day. First, former Vice President Biden is now President-elect Biden. The Democrats, generally depicted by the color blue in color graphics, won the presidential election. The chaos and lack of character widely associated with President Trump will soon vacate the White House. The US has now had both a Black president and a Black woman Vice President-elect. When I was born, both were unimaginable in the segregated Jim Crow south as well as, if we're honest, in the rest of the US. Second, President Trump probably feels depressed, an emotion associated with the color blue. His depression is obvious in his mien. He, from all appearances, is not a person who copes well with losing or rejection. Similarly, other candidates, Democrats and Republicans alike, who invested considerable time, emotion and resources in losing campaigns for office also probably feel depressed. Yet, I’m grateful f