Tuesday, November 10, 2009
It may seem to some that lately I've been thinking a lot about what is wrong around me, as in our government. But as we changed months, I like to think of November as the Thankful Month. Not just Thanksgiving Day but take the month to think more about what I am grateful for each day. Last year I posted several different things I was thankful for over the month. So I am behind in that regard but it is because I am so grateful for this country for those for those who founded it and those who have and continue to fight for our freedom that I am concerned for our country. For that reason I try to get the word out about what is going on. I want my children to have a future for their children, not strapped by high taxes and legislation so they can't own a home, earn a living or worship as they please.
I am grateful for the opportunities the United States of America allows. No other system has created so much for so many and not just in our country. All other systems have failed to provide so many with so much. Is it perfect? no but it's not the system it's the people. But if people live moral lives then it works. Our society is modern but we have lost so much in the technological advancements in civility and humanity. Therein lies the flaw of our system that people would self regulate so now we need government to do it and I don't think they are very good either!
So back to being thankful. I am ever so grateful to be an American. We enjoy so much that so many dream about, we are the hope of everyone. I lived in Argentina for a while and as much as they dog our country they also feel a desire to come here. I am grateful for the freedom this country allows not just in action but in thought. My father, who is from South Africa, said that coming here he began to believe for the first time in his life he could be whatever he set out to be. He felt hope that his station in life did not define what he could be come and his possibilities endless.
Those who have grown up in this atmosphere may take for granted the blessing this is in our own happiness and prosperity. That's what God wants, he wants us all to feel hope, joy and love. One of my friends posted a photo of her in Germany and she was there when the wall came down. Amazing. I am sure this would not have happened without the influence of the United States. 20 years has passed since then and we find ourselves grappling to hold on to our own freedoms!
I am thankful for this country with all it's troubles it is the hope of the world and the hope of each of us.
I end with a quote from Thomas Jefferson: Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.