As we finish the last bit of Thanksgiving leftovers let’s not forget to be thankful. How often do you complain about the smallest thing? If you are living fairly well, have food to eat, a job to go to and a roof over your head, I would say you are doing pretty well.

I hear people complain about everything, the line is too long at the restaurant. Be happy so many people have enough money to come out and buy a meal. I have to pay too much for health care. Well if you are paying for health care that might mean you have a job that offers health care. Try to stay healthy so you won’t have to use it, but be happy that you have it. Do you know how many people would love to have a job with a good health plan? And please don’t be one of the people complaining about the cost of health care going up, you may have noticed the cost has been going up for years. I remember the days when health care was practically free and no co-pay. The price of everything has gone up. Let’s stop whining.

You know that saying the grass is always greener on the other side? Well I’m telling you it may be greener, but it is just as hard to cut. Next to my bed and on my desk at work I have a sign that says, “life is good,” because it is. Even with my numerous complaints, there is a bright silver lining and sometimes I too need reminders. Some of my friends keep a gratitude journal, I’ve never been too big on journaling, after all I tell everything right here in my column so I guess I journal after all.

I think back to when I first started with the New Pittsburgh Courier. At first I didn’t have a computer and I had to write my stories on a word processor, now that was funny. I think I’ve had two or three computers in the 11 years that I’ve been with the NPC and I’ve gone from a desktop to a laptop. I am so thankful to be a part of such a historic paper.

Take a look at your life and I’m so sure the positives will outweigh the negatives, especially when you start to consider little crazy quirky things. Every time I put the garbage out in the morning and when I come back home at night and it is gone I am so happy. That is just such a cool thing to me. Coming home to a fresh cut lawn is just as cool, so what are you thankful for? Shake off the bah humbug spirit, that is if you have one and find something that you are truly thankful for. It might be the fact that you don’t have to leave the house to do laundry or you can go from room to room and there is a television in each space. It may be the water and ice that comes out of the door in your stainless steel refrigerator. Whatever it is, no matter how big or how small, be thankful.

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