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Thanksgiving Day and Birthdays

Posted by Joe Antle on November 26, 2020 9:00 AM EST
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For many of us there are many holidays that mean something to us.  Some are celebrated from different vantage points, and others are somewhat unique to each individual in differing ways.  For me, this year is one......

...that is unique for it's a year of extreme and unpredictable circumstances, perhaps unimaginable on Thanksiving Day a year ago.  For those of us who have good health and are awaiting another big innovation in healthcare in the presence of a successful vaccine and therapeutics to thwart the COVID-19 pandemic, it's a time to be thankful for what we have, have had in the past and what may lie ahead.

Yet, as always, it is very important to appreciate and enjoy the precious present which is the precious present.

This year, like others in the past that occur every seven years or so, my birthday just happens to be the same day as one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving Day.  As I wrote to a friend who took time this morning to write a personal text message to me wishing me a happy birthday, it's particularly unique this year because it's on Thanksgiving Day during the midst of a pandemic which has impacted the lives of every person in the world.

Nonetheless, it is a good occasion to reflect and to be thankful for the things that matter the most: family, freedom, friends, food and good health.  And a time to be hopeful for a better future which will be appreciated even more by the challenges we deal with in our present day lives.  It's also a time to appreciate and be thankful for those who care-those professionals on the front lines of dealing with the pandemic as essential workers, and for those who seek to encourage others to be better, to excel and to make the most of opportunities that they have at present or that may come their way in the future.  

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