Stories Of Hope And Thanks

One of the best parts of Thanksgiving for me is hearing other peoples’ stories of perseverance, triumph and hope. Everyone faces obstacles and challenges: they tend to bring out the true character of people.

Working at a newspaper, I hear a lot of feedback from readers about what stories are printed in the daily miracle. Each day, we start from scratch and put together a package of articles to inform, educate and entertain. And, if we’re lucky, those stories will make peoples’ lives better.

Often, when the holidays roll around, we also look to inspire people. A five-day series starting in The Forum aims to do just that – mostly in readers’ own words. As I edited some of the stories, I couldn’t help but feel inspired and thankful for my own lot in life.

When it comes down to it, there’s a lot to be grateful for: a close friendship with my brother (my only sibling), time spent with my mother and grandmother before they succumbed to illness, good health, a rewarding career, all the opportunities afforded me living in free and democratic country, finding my love of running at a time when I can still pursue my dreams, and so much more.

As I plugged away at a 9+ mile fartlek run on the treadmill this morning, I flipped through the movie channels and had to stop on Marley & Me, one of those shows I can watch over and over. It always reminds me how thankful I am to have a dog in my life. A healthy, energetic oversized 5-year-old puppy who loves to go running with me and can’t seem to get food off his mind.

And while today’s celebration will again be a low-key affair – I’m planning to meet up with friends for Thanksgiving lunch – I’ll be grateful for all the blessings in my life. Here’s hoping you have a memorable day of thanks.