Plenty for thanksgiving

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By Optic Editorial Board

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. It’s centered on a great American pastime — eating — and one of the better virtues of the human spirit — being appreciative for the blessings bestowed upon us. It also consists of long family weekends together, shopping, ball games, and kicking back with family and friends. All in all, this is a holiday that can be as hassle-free, or hassle-filled, as we choose to make it.

And here, we choose to make it the moment in which it was intended, but offering up a few expressions of thanks:

We’re thankful, not so much for this long-lasting recessionary slump, but for the fact that it hasn’t been worse. Most of us still have jobs and a little money in our pockets, and to those who don’t we hope your lot in life gets better soon. After all, we’re better off, as a people, a community, a nation and world, if we all come up together. And we’re grateful for the interconnectedness of humanity.

We’re thankful that we live in a generous community. People share in these parts. Maybe that’s what leads us to bicker so often — we know that we’re all in it together. Yes, violent crime is far too prevalent, and our political debates are often counterproductive, but maybe we can all agree that, mostly, our community is dominated by warm-hearted, caring people. Friends, family and neighbors — we should all be thankful for how they make our lives better.

We are thankful for problem-solvers. It’s an old but true adage that you can be part of the solution or part of the problem, and while our community has plenty of problems, we also have people who voluntarily put themselves on the hot seat to become part of the solution. The mayor, council members, commissioners, school board members and many more do what they can to improve northern New Mexico. And while we don’t always agree with what they do, we’re glad they are willing to step forward and lead.

And, of course, there are the basic necessities of life: food on our tables, roofs over our heads, clothes on our back. We are thankful for all these things, and for those who make and provide them.

We live in a world full of troubles, but we earnestly believe that there’s more good than bad out there. We can’t prove it, but we believe it — and we hope you do too. That’s a big something to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. We hope you enjoy the holiday in the spirit in which it was intended.