In the United States the date is observed as Columbus Day - which I will interpret as a form of thanksgiving, for after all, if Columbus hadn't landed in the Bahamas on this day in 1492 the world as we know it might have been totally different. Anyway...
Here's what I'm thankful for today.
I am thankful that I woke up this morning to enjoy the sunshine for another day. I am thankful that I have a roof over my head, that I have a full belly, and my that family does not know what hunger is.
I am happy that I am reasonably healthy and that those near and dear to me are as well. I am grateful for a husband who puts up with me. He must either love me or be crazy - probably a combination of the two. I am thankful for our child and the joys and challenges that she brings to our lives. I'm grateful for out cat, we rescued her almost a year ago and she has been a source of happiness since then.
I am blessed to come from a great family who loves me and constantly has my back as I have theirs. I have learned so many life lessons from them. I am also glad to have the "family that you get to choose" with my friends. They are the most eclectic, wonderful, zany people I know but will always be there for you when you need them.
Lastly I am happy for both the good and bad in my life because they have shaped me into the person that I am.
So this is a day to stop concentrating on everything we don't have and focus on what we do have. Because as the saying goes, we don't always appreciate what we have until it's gone.