On Thursday, America will set aside the day to take stock of our many blessings and give thanks. We will gather for a traditional meal in the company of friends and loved ones. Our homes will fill with the sights, sounds, and aromas that generally leave us feeling happy and content.
While the national election has left has left millions of Americans deeply concerned about the direction our country will take during the next four years, it is important that we pause to acknowledge and give thanks for the good in our lives.
And there’s plenty to be thankful for.
Here’s my (short) list:
I am thankful for being a Californian.
I am thankful for living in a state that despite its own dark history has steadily progressed to a place guided by the principles of justice, mercy and dignity for all.
I’m thankful that California celebrates diversity, which, in turn, has strengthened and enriched our lives.
I am thankful that California is a nurturing environment that fosters the wellbeing and advancement of families working for a better future, students pursuing the California Dream, women and minorities seeking equality, and innovators and entrepreneurs creating jobs and opportunity.
I’m thankful that California is a world leader in combating climate change and creating a green economy to protect our environment for our children, grandchildren, and generations to come.
And I am thankful and comforted in the knowledge that California will stand as one – stronger than ever – to resist any effort to tear apart our cultural fabric and reverse the advancements in social and economic justice, and economic growth and environmental protections that have made our state golden.
May you and yours find comfort and peace this holiday.