Monday, November 22, 2010

Giving Thanks

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” - Albert Pine

As we enter Thanksgiving week, Fire Starter has a few thoughts about the Holiday and the months to come.  Thanksgiving is a time when we slow down, count our blessings and attempt to place adversity in perspective.  With this in mind, Fire Starter has a few thoughts on things we can all be thankful for.

The United States Military - These brave men and women travel the the far reaches of the world to protect our freedom and our way of life.  They sacrifice family, careers, and sometimes their lives to allow us to live our lives in safety with our families.  Their unselfish service is awe-inspiring.

Police Officers - Police officers go to the dark corners of our society so that we do not have to.  They protect us day and night.  While we eat turkey, they patrol so that we can relax and enjoy family.  We often deal with them on the worst days of our lives, yet forget that this is what they deal with every day.  They stand between us and societal chaos.  And for that, we should all be thankful.

Fire Fighters - When all are running from the fire, they are running toward it.  They place their lives at risk to protect ours.  They leave family behind on holidays since there are no "scheduled emergencies".  They do not regard themselves as heroes as they are doing what their career requires.  But we all know the heroism of their daily service.

Medical Professionals - Whether doctors, physicians assistants, nurses or other medical professionals, these men and women serve 24/7.  They provide care and comfort when we and our love ones are at our most vulnerable.  They are at the ready no matter the illness or injury. And they provide the care with skill and compassion.

These are but a few who will be serving us while we are serving ourselves turkey and stuffing.  Fire Starter urges everyone to pause for a moment and give thanks for these dedicated and diligent professionals.  Their service allows us to live in safety and security.

And for that, we should all be truly thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving.

No comments:

Post a Comment