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A day called "Thanksgiving"

November 20, 2011
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Isn't it great that someone thought up the idea of Thanksgiving? I mean that someone had the fortitude and common sense to have us set aside one day out of 365 to "force" ourselves to be thankful. Thanks for the many blessings we have. It's all too common to complain about the things we don't have then to be appreciative and thankful for the many things we do have. Here are some things I am thankful for and I really hope that you will email me or call me with things you are thankful for. Being thankful changes our entire outlook on life..............for the better.

First off, I'm really thankful for the Pilgrims with their funny buckled hats who had the guts to get on a boat and make a land where all other pilgrims could follow. Just think, your great-great grandparents, your grandparents or parents or even you or everybody else who believed there was a better, more free, more fair, more democratic place to call home.

I am thankful that people still believe in the best for our country, despite all the problems that beset us. There are people who have a great vision of what this country can be, what this state can be and what each one of your communities can be. I am thankful that there are still people who see our problems and have a vision to make things better. Visionaries who ask "why not" rather than "Why."

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I am thankful that so many are willing to serve our country and risk their lives to defend it. I am also thankful that there are so many community volunteers that are willing to get involved to make our towns better.

I am thankful for our teachers, firemen, policemen, doctors, nurses, friends and neighbors who make up this great community. I am thankful for the business men and women who provide provisions and services for us. I am especially thankful for those who wait on us in stores and restaurants and take care of our needs, especially when they are probably tired and worn out.

I am thankful that sometimes our home is messy, with dirty clothes and dishes all over. It means that we've had family and friends over and that we probably laughed until tears ran down our faces.

I am thankful for family, friends and good food to eat. I'm thankful for cable TV, even though I can still never find anything to watch on the tube. Heck, I'm even thankful for all the leaves in my yard, my gutters being full of them and my huge heating bill, (ok, maybe not so much that), because it means I have a nice warm place I call HOME.

I am thankful that Dancing With The Stars is about done and that I won't have to put up with it until next year. I am also thankful that I was born a New York Yankee fan, (even though they didn't make it this year). I cant imagine the horror of being born a Cub fan!!!! Sorry Cubbies......wait till next year.

I am thankful for all of our pastors and ministers who take the time to help us get through the problems of everyday life. Being a pastor myself, I am so thankful for the many volunteers at church; Sunday School teachers, the janitors, the choir directors, the accompanists, the sound projectors, and everyone else who help form the church body.

I am truly grateful for everyone who helps make our lives easier. Those who watch our children and grandchildren. Those who encourage and bless us. Those who remember our birthdays and anniversaries. Those who make up local prayer chains. Those who are in our local community organizations. Those who are not afraid to step out of their comfort zones with new and fresh ideas. Those who organized our many community events such as parades, Christmas programs, county fairs, fireworks, and all the other fine things that occur during the year that we enjoy so much.

And finally, I'm thankful for good days with family and friends, great days with them and outstanding days with them. Oh, I'm also so thankful that I have this great privilege to write this column and that once in a while it might even strike your funny bone.

That's The Way I See It. Let me know how you see things at or call me at 319.334.4117.

Next week, I'll share things you are thankful for.



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