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Gratitude for basic needs often overlooked

By Staff Editorial
On November 27, 2017

As the holiday season is upon the United States, families, friends and college students nationwide begin planning for the numerous tasks and falling into chaotic routines that typically accompany this time of year. 

While this is supposed to be a joyous time, too often negativity tags along like the pesky sibling wanting to be included in everything. 

The line at Starbucks was long… again. That rude person pulled into the spot where I wanted to park. The stores are packed and I don’t have time to wait in line behind the person who wants to price check everything. My paycheck deposited into the bank wasn’t enough to cover the new gaming console I want. I ordered a hamburger at the drive-thru but they gave me a chicken sandwich instead.  

The term “first-world problems” may come to mind for some. Even with the troubles faced in the U.S., for the most part Americans do to have to worry about many things other parts of the world have to deal with day in and day out as a part of normal life. 

Access to shelter, food, clean water, medicine and protection from violence are needs that do not get much thought. 

It can be difficult to appreciate the things we have and the people we care about when falling on hard times, which everyone at some point in time will face on one scale or another. Different people fight their own battles every day and they can consume us, especially around stressful and busy times like holidays.  

There will be ups and downs for all - a mixed bag of major and minor obstacles but it important to remember that overall, Americans don’t have it that bad. 

Yes, there are those less fortunate even in our own country and holiday seasons are a time we are reminded of that however, it could be worse and it is for a large portion of the world.  

As Thanksgiving approaches and the momentum continues into the parties and celebrations that conclude each year, take a moment to really be thankful that on the whole, living in the United States means we do not have to watch over our shoulders and live in fear.  

We can enjoy these days with loved ones and friends, possibly even indulge and overdo it because of where we live. While there may be stressful times to wade through, in the overall scope there is much to be grateful for that we sometimes take for granted.

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