On this Thanksgiving Day let us be grateful for all the common blessings that we receive. So many things in life we take for granted. Yes, the sun always comes up in the east and sets in the west, and our days are short this time of year. But we do get to see the sunrises and the sunsets if we still have good eyesight. Many don’t.

Today as you sit around the table with numerous friends and family make sure that you treat them with the same courtesy, respect and grace that you would a new neighbor or your child’s teacher. You never know what each has in store for them. So be extra kind and grateful that you are lucky enough to have a family that wants to spend Thanksgiving with you. Many don’t.

Appreciate the turkey that you will be having and be thankful for the farmer that raised the bird and for his work in the fields raising wheat and corn, and for those farmers who raise cattle and give us both meat and milk that they supply 365 days of the year. You have food on the table. Many don’t.

What about the plumber, contractor, electrician that helped make your home warm and secure with lights that you can turn off and on? They come over in a flash if something is not working. You have heat, lights and toilets. Many don’t.

The fireman that helps when there is an emergency or a fire and the policeman that shows up in five minutes after a call. We have them in this country. Many don’t.

Be grateful for the health you have. Sure we may have sore knees or a little arthritis in our joints but we have health care to help us in times of need. Many don’t.

I am sure that if you reached into your pants pocket or your wallet you have a few dollars that you could at least buy yourself a loaf of bread if need be. You have money to buy yourself a warm pair of gloves or an extra blanket. Many don’t.

Are we always happy with decisions that our politicians are making? No. But we do get to vote and make our choices heard. Many don’t.

At the end of the day most of us have a warm bedroom in which to rest our tired bodies and go to sleep without fear of being robbed. Many don’t.

Be thankful for your everyday life by treating everyday blessings as special occasions. Many don’t have that opportunity. Enjoy that you will have a full stomach today. Many don’t.

Ann Young says appreciate the small and larger things will come your way. Sayoung1947@gmail.com