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November 23, 2011 - Stephen Browne
I hope you have lots of reasons to be thankful.
I must confess that this Thanksgiving... well I've had better. That must be true for some of you as well. Please allow me to offer a newsman's sympathy. When you read, research, and report news for a living you can't help but notice that things could be worse.
- 13 More Charged in N.Y. SAT Cheating Scandal, Wife of Football Coach Accused of Inflating Grades
- Jobless Claims Up Slightly, Stay Below 400,000
- Investigators say 'entire family' vanished after stay at motel, with no new activity on their bank accounts
- Pepper spray victims' bill to be paid
- Food insecurity spreading in America
These are some of the milder examples of today's headlines. There are much worse.
I have my children - some people out there are wondering where their children are. Perhaps fearing the worst, or perhaps learning their worst fears have come to pass.
I have a job, lots of people don't. I lost two of my oldest friends last year, to cancer and a car wreck, but I've made some new ones.
It's sometimes hard to appreciate, but we live in a blessed time in history, in the most fortunate part of the world. But heartbreak, loss, and tragedy happen everywhere, and to everyone at some time in their lives.
In every country I've lived in, in every language I'm familiar with, there is a saying that goes something like, "Praise no day before the sunset."
But in every language there is also a saying, said by some to contain the sum of human wisdom, a saying that will make you sad when you are happy, and happy when you are sad, "This too shall pass."
Happy Thanksgiving everybody, and many more.
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