The Runback: Let's Give Thanks, 2021 Edition

Forget the Nonsense and Give Thanks for What We Have

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The Monday Thought

Thanksgiving is this week. Let’s first highlight some of last year’s classic Thanksgiving content:

(Be sure to check out Langer’s new show, too. He’s also filling in on WCBM this week. That’s a long story in and of itself)

As I drive around the area, I keep notice that everybody’s Christmas lights are up. In their windows, some people have already erected their Christmas trees. And all I can say is…..

Why? Much like last year, we have much to give thanks for.

With Thanksgiving three days away, it’s time for all of us to pause and give thanks.

No matter the struggles that we have and we face as a people and as a society, we still remain the greatest nation that has ever existed on the face of this earth.

Almost every American, no matter how much they have, has a higher standard of living than many people in the entire world.

We live in a nation that is mostly vaccinated against a disease nobody knew existed two years ago.

We live in a nation that has freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, freedom to peaceably assemble, and the freedom to petition for the redress of grievances.

We live in a nation that has the right to a trial by a jury of one’s peers.

We live in a nation that has free and fair elections.

And yet, we also live in a nation that seems one event away from a collective nervous breakdown. Too much attention is focused not just on the small things, but a narrow, myopic, polarized view of the small things. When you live your life on social media, as a small but influential segment of society does, things just seem to always be on the precipice of spiraling out of control.

So as I did last year, for this Thanksgiving I ask you to join me in giving thanks by decompressing this week.

The rest of the week, I’m not going to write a single piece on this site about politics. I might write about other things, but not about politics this week. I’m going to try (emphasis on try) to not talk about politics on social media. I’m going to enjoy time with my family, enjoy the holiday, and enjoy football.

Politics has become too much of a part of everyday society, a longtime gripe of mine. Instead of focusing on that this holiday, focus on what’s in front of you and what you already have. This Thanksgiving, don’t pass judgment; just pass the stuffing.