By Bill Fox/Columnist
This might be an interesting challenge for all of us this Thanksgiving especially. Charles Dickens once said, “Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
Using the letters of the alphabet, make a list of things you are thankful for this year in particular. When you are finished, please consider forwarding it on.
Animals – Pets especially that help motivate us and bring comfort to so many and ask for so little.
Books – Where we can learn so much, just enjoy a good laugh or be inspired.
Children – With their enthusiasm, trust and laughter, they continue to teach us lessons, and I am especially proud and thankful for my adult children who are such a blessing.
Dinner and dreams – We can all dream about the days we can have big family dinners again.
Every day – We can’t take for granted the opportunities and challenges we all face – it’s better than the alternative.
Friends – Family and friendship – my wife and I are so blessed with wonderful family members and great friends.
Grandchildren – Mine are in B.C., but I love to watch them courtesy of FaceTime and Zoom.
Health – Not just the body, but the mind and spirit are also of prime importance.
Internet – Allowing us to connect more with friends and family, especially during these times of isolation.
Jobs – So many have lost theirs now, but we may never take them for granted again. But I’m especially thankful for first responders and those that continue to keep our society thriving from truck drivers to cashiers.
Kindness – We can experience it in so many ways and pay it forward to friends and strangers alike.
Laughter – So very important for coping with every day challenges.
Medicines – Medicines help many of us cope with ailments and diseases.
Nature – We enjoyed seeing the salmon run in the Oshawa Creek and the ducks there by Kinsmen Park. Blue Jays coming to our bird feeder gives us smiles every morning.
Oshawa Express – I am thankful to Chris and all the staff for including my columns in the paper for more than 15 years now.
Parents – When they are gone, we really miss them. I believe if they are no longer with us physically, they are still with us spiritually.
Quiet – I just really appreciate quiet times, maybe because I taught school for so long or maybe because nature provides such soothing background noises.
Rest – So important to rejuvenate my body, mind and spirit, knowing that everything will work out.
Smiles and Sunshine – There’s something so special about feeling the warmth of the sun and the smile of a stranger.
Travel – We live in a beautiful country and province, but even a walk around Lakeview Park and other local venues brings peace of mind.
Umbrellas – Allowing us to go for walks and see the changing colours of the trees.
Vehicles – That transport people, and sustain our economy.
Water – I know I often take it for granted but can you imagine, in some countries it is so scarce they would be horrified to think we wash cars and clothes, etc. with drinking water?
X and Os – Not the game but the kisses and hugs.
You – The readers, especially people such as Carol Blankestyn who is not tech savvy but has befriended me through my columns and takes the time to write me letters and thank you cards for some of my columns.
ZZZZzzzzz – Hope this list hasn’t put you to sleep.
I would be happy to see your lists if you email them to email@example.com.