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Thanksgiving is just a week away.

By Remy Benoit

With the Thanksgiving holiday just a week away, perhaps it is a good idea to stop a moment and ponder the reasons you personally have for giving thanks.

Times are not easy now, prices are high and not coming down with the lowering price of a barrel of oil.

Perhaps you could consider giving thanks for living in a country where you are still free to express your thoughts.

Perhaps you could consider giving thanks for your health if you have it and sometimes take it for granted.

Perhaps you could consider giving thanks for a warm bed, off the cold floor, with sheets, blankets, and pillows.

Perhaps you could consider giving thanks for indoor plumbing.

Perhaps you could consider giving thanks for the computer upon which you are reading this.

Perhaps you could consider praying for those who have loved ones in combat zones; for our homeless Veterans who are not enjoying the gratitude of their nation.

Perhaps you could consider praying for guidance for our country; guidance for the leaders of the world to work hard to find better ways than wars to lead us into.

Make a list of all the things you have to be grateful for—including the fingers you are using to write of type the list with.

Perhaps it might be a good idea to find at least 5 things everyday to give thanks for.

Perhaps it might be a good idea to have each person at your table at supper time tell about something good that happened to them that day—even if it seemed a very hard day, there is the hot shower to give thanks for.

Think ahead, pray ahead, and make this Thanksgiving one for which to be truly thankful.

Here are two sites—one with suggestions for the holiday; one with some discussion of the "myth" we have created surrounding it.

From That's the Spirit Entertaining.

From B NET Business Network and USA Today Myths and rituals of Thanksgiving.

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