The Thanksgiving Holiday in the United States of America began many years ago as a way to give thanks for all of our blessings. However, it seems as if we have gotten away from being humble and thankful to, "What's in it for me."
We often place money, (the love of it), material things, and our own egos before everything and everyone else. For instance; sports receive enormous fees and charge it to the fans, Pharmaceutical companies' markup the needed drugs so ill individuals can live, and of course out great politicians who place contributions ahead of what is right by the constitution, the hard working citizens, and keeping our country safe from those who wish to bury us.
As for those who have the belief of "What's in it for me", I will show them compassion, for they are weak, selfless, and will someday feel the wrath of others when they ignored those around them.
Not everybody has such a self-centered, arrogant ego. Those that do seem to forget how they got where they are today, money they have received, and above all trust. Most of us want to believe that nobody will "Sell Their Soul" to fulfill their desires. I for one still believe that most human beings are honest, and good.
This being said, I toot my own horn because of two loving parents who, although not perfect, did their best to teach my brother, sister, and myself, about love, thoughtfulness, pride, good work ethics, and, above all, compassion for those less fortunate that ourselves.
So I guess you know that I am thankful that I was given this great opportunity and proud to be a United States citizen who celebrates the greatness of this nation every Thanksgiving Day.
Ida M. Temple
Mansfield Tea Party
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