The earliest Thanksgivings -- and they go back at least as far as the Reformation -- were days set aside to celebrate some general or special event. In the United States, we have a ready-made (but poorly-documented) account of Pilgrims and Natives sitting down in awkward amity to share the bounty of a successful harvest and we've spun it neatly into national myth. As such tales, go, it's a good one, a lesson in getting along.
...It's also a good day to consider what things you might be thankful for without ever even realizing they were there -- or even complaining about when you do notice. Take another look at the world around you and consider just how much worse it could be. What you've got ain't perfect but it's something.
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