If you were "thankful" during our last Holiday, there is a column in today's T-G Life and Leisure section Derrick Hill that could put things in a different perspective, in my opinion.
You can find it here http://www.t-g.com/story/2028893.html and I believe access it whether you are a subscriber or not, since I got to it before I signed in.
It is one thing to read about the challenges and conditions in other parts of the world (and even the United States), and it brings home a whole new reality when you experience it first-hand.
I did not travel to where Derrick did, but I traveled to China this year and even in the "civilized" city of Beijing, I was able to see another reality that our young people would think was totally unreasonable.
Now, every time I get frustrated with some extreme environmentalist's action, I will have to take a step back and remember what it was like trying to cough Beijing's pollution out of my lungs for over a month after my return.
When I get sick and battle a non life threatening illness, I will think of my interpreter's amazement that I was 4 years older than her father, yet able to walk the streets of Beijing without assistance.
They all are resigned to the fact that their lifespan will be 7-10 years shorter than if they got out of the pollution.
When one got very sick lately with what appears to have been a flu, she did not go to the doctor. She just told me "so is life" and worked through it, still working 6 days a week, 12+ hours a day.
Maybe we have a LOT more to be thankful for than we realize?