I suppose being thankful is being humble and respectful; being glad one is alive and healthy. Being thankful for one’s parents and family and close friends is a good place to start. We can all do that as a minimum, right? Or can we? Do those that are the center of the universe ever feel thankful for anything? You know, the ones that seem to only think of themselves, can only talk about themselves… maybe they are just thankful for a soapbox to stand on to shout out their name & hope they get some attention. Why do so many people seek attention? Do they think their looks or behavior will be inspiring to others? People behaving badly call out for attention. They want to be noticed. So do those with purple and green streaks in their hair. I don’t think its just a question of maturity, either. They need something and they are not getting it in their current life so they are broadcasting their need. We can feed & support the habits of people like Lindsay Lohan by reading and talking about the stories of her bad behavior. Then she can get a prize for being so popular in the gossip rags. I still cannot believe the headline on page one of the Albuquerque Journal last weekend, with the Bristol Palin “Dancing…” TV show story, as if there was a story to tell. Was she advanced in the contest because of her mother’s media standing? Can she even dance? Who cares? And how could that possibly be the top of the fold headline and story on page one of a daily newspaper? What low have we stooped to? Celebrities doing their things does not constitute news. It proves that they just need some attention.
So many truly need our help and our love and our caring actions; possibly because they have fallen ill, or are unemployed or maybe they made some honest mistakes that they are paying dearly for now. They might need a warm coat, or shelter, or a hot meal, or a chance to earn a few bucks. Sometimes they just need consistent words of encouragement and some heartfelt hugs. You think? Every day we choose how to live, who to live with, what to value or discard, and choose how to live our lives. I am thankful because you do have the chance to choose today, and again tomorrow.