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With the election of President-elect Donald Trump and the overall direction that the country is going, many of us are asking ourselves, “What do we have to be thankful for?”

I know I’ve felt the same way at times, but, as our ancestors did during slavery and during the Jim Crow era, we have to reach beyond what we see right now, continue to be thankful for what we have, and fight for better days ahead for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren.

It’s really hard to transfer this concept onto our children and grandchildren, who only can see today.

I, personally, am thankful for my family. Even though my mother, who was also my best friend and the person I cared for most on earth, is gone. My father is gone, my grandparents on both sides are gone, but I still give thanks that I was fortunate enough to have had them in my life.

Also gone are some uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and many other relatives and friends, but just as we grieve for those who are gone, we must be thankful for those who are still here and enjoy them as much as we can.

Health. Even though my body appears to be rapidly falling apart, I still thank God for being in my right mind, even though some people would take exception to that. I’m thankful that I can still get around on my own and am not in constant pain, which many people are.

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