Sometimes the question is asked why do we take one day out of the year to be thankful for everything we have in life? Why shouldn't we show this level of gratitude every day?
Seven years ago, I learned that something so simple such as having a parent could be taken for granted. Seven years ago, my late father who I will be writing about next month was diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma on Thanksgiving.
It was and always will be a Thanksgiving that I will never forget.
Thanksgiving we give thanks to those things that exist. Things that could be taken away from us within seconds. NYC and New Jersey residents learned that lesson all too well and for most of us here, it still will be a Thanksgiving we will never forget as for a lot of us - everything was taken away. All we have left to be thankful for is our physical bodies, our souls, and the air we breath.
For those of you flying passengers on this Thanksgiving Day, my Captain's hat goes off to you - as you never know who you are flying home and whom they will be seeing, perhaps for the last time. For our troops that are stationed overseas, my hat also goes to you as well. Even though you are not able to be with your family and loved ones, your service to our country is a pure example of why we are thankful. To be alive, free, and to be able to give thanks to live the way we do. Your sacrifices are paramount.
Having family around on Thanksgiving is the greatest gift of the day. Not only having family around, but being thankful that they are still there with you to share Thanksgiving dinner with. Always be thankful everyday of the air you breath you never know if your next breath will be your last. Never take anything for granted.
With all of these thoughts, I wish you, along with your families a