With Thanksgiving approaching, I thought it would be interesting to see what people were thankful for. Perhaps there would be some common theme, or perhaps this line of thought would lead to some interesting discussion. It did both.
Family, friends, health - these are common things to be thankful for - but unsurprisingly, a large amount of people were thankful for their jobs, too. Some were fresh out of college with new jobs, and some were just finding jobs after being laid off.
So, for what random people in downtown Walla Walla on a Tuesday are thankful for, read on:
A collective thanks
To our parents, because with out them we wouldn't exist. And without their passion, love and sacrifice, we would not have had the same opportunities and character that we have now.
To our children, because they are the light of our lives and they give us meaning. They are full of boundless energy and optimism and through their growing and learning, we learn our own limits of love, patience and caring. They force us to put other before self, in all things.
To our country, for it has limitless potential and a bounty of natural resources and beauty, and the space and communities to raise our families in peace. We give thanks for our strong, proud country, that believes in equality and hard work, happiness and prosperity.
To those who come to our country, those who are poor, sick and weak. Fleeing persecution or poverty or simply seeking a better life, those hard workers and passionate, creative people have been the backbone of the American dream since our country's founding.
To the wisdom of our founding fathers, that they had the clarity of purpose and goodness of heart to put aside their differences and create the Constitution, the document that has guided our country through 222 years of peace and prosperity and war and poverty.
To the military, those brave soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, who at this very moment are fighting and dying so we may live free of fear. Without them, their past, current and future sacrifice, we could not, and would not exist as we are today.
To our teachers, the men and women who have everlasting patience for the indiscretions of our youth, and who bear the responsibility for developing our future citizens. Thank you for blessing us with their drive and caring.
To our rationalism, that we have the ability to think for ourselves, to question ourselves, each other, and work to improve the human condition. We are thankful for the creativity and ingenuity of inventors and forward thinkers.
More importantly, to our flaws and our imperfection. It is through mistakes, greed, arrogance and corruption that we fight to shine to ever higher heights.