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I Am Thankful
by Sara Bennett, Editor BICN
I got an email from my sister Bonny Ball, who lives in Vancouver, Canada, with a list of things "I am thankful for". I really liked it, but wow, so many of the items only make sense if you are one of the tiny affluent minority in the world! (To be fair it looks like that may have been intentional.) So I made my own version that reflects and reminds how the majority in our world lives - those who are neither rich nor particularly free. My version appears below in brackets, with the original. I hope this isn't too preachy or off topic...
** I Am Thankful ... **
...for the taxes that I pay because it means that I am employed.
...for the mess I have to clean up after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
...for the clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.
...for my shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.
...for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.
...for all the complaining I hear about government because it means we have freedom of speech.
...for the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.
...for my huge heating bill because it means I am warm.
...for the lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means that I can hear.
...for weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive.
...for getting too much e-mail because it lets me know I have friends who are thinking of me.