For many people, the past year hasn't been exactly a great one.
Economists tell us that the recession may have bottomed out and the economy is improving, but that recovery is slow.
Unemployment remains too high, and too many people are losing their homes to foreclosure.
Here in Powell, we lost a big employer last summer, and our state's economy has slowed, although not as much as the national economy.
We are fighting a frustrating war in the Middle East and continue to deal with terrorist threats. Our government is facing a huge deficit and will probably be taking steps to address it that will be painful for most, if not all of us.
Consequently, it is no wonder that polls show most Americans feel the nation is moving in the wrong direction, and some people may be wondering what there is to be thankful about.
The difficulties, though, are all the more reason we should celebrate Thanksgiving. Observing Thanksgiving forces us to look at the positives, and there are plenty of those. We still live in a free country, and, despite our political differences, we aim to keep it that way. Our economy is not doing well, but we still have the ability to pull together as families and communities, not only to survive the recession, but to build a new era of prosperity.
Those blessings alone are reason enough to be thankful this week and every week.
As you enjoy food, family and football this weekend, we encourage you to think positive, and be thankful for the many good things that have happened in our lives this year.