It could be a lot worse. As the nation sits down to tables Thursday for Thanksgiving dinner, we should all be mindful — and thankful — for what we have in our lives.

It could be a lot worse.


As the nation sits down to tables Thursday for Thanksgiving dinner, we should all be mindful — and thankful — for what we have in our lives.


For just about all of us, we’ve felt the pinch — or punch — by the economy, knocking us out with a recession that’s wiped away our savings accounts, stripped us of our earning power and sent us reeling into poverty-type levels that we never dreamed of back in the roaring glory years of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.


But this is Thanksgiving.


And here we are, ready to reap the rewards of another harvest, and count ourselves among the survivors who continue to fight the good fight.


The Pilgrims would not have had it any other way. They’d be proud that we have weathered this storm and that we believe we’re finally headed in the right direction.


Let’s count ourselves lucky.


Hopefully, we’re all fortunate to live in good health, to have a roof over our heads and to be able to provide enough bounty for our families that we will feast on turkey and all the trimmings.


This is a holiday to bask in the warmth that the holiday season has arrived. For the rest of the year, family and friends will be first and foremost in our hearts.


It’s very easy to complain about our circumstances. It’s very easy to cry over our misfortunes.


No one would really bat an eye if any of us did so.


But let’s at least, for just this one day, put our differences aside. Let’s block our hardships from our minds and enjoy good company and good food.


We should. It’s Thanksgiving.


It’s the holiday where Pilgrim and Native American broke bread despite foreign tongues and ideals. It’s the holiday where our nation’s goodness is on display — where there’s a homemade pumpkin pie in every oven and a football game on every television.


We can feel the love. We can almost taste it.


Of course, the next day we might feel the debt as we head to stores to begin our Christmas shopping with the arrival of Black Friday. We’ll be doing more penny pinching when the bills start piling up in January to pay for all of these holiday presents.


For now, at least for Thanksgiving, let’s just think warm thoughts.


After all, it’s a day of peace and a day of rest. We should be thankful for just having the day off.


But let’s be thankful that we’re holding up decently and remember that there are so many others who are less fortunate than we are.


Now is the time to help those people. It’s a time to pay our dues to mankind, to give back a little for what we’ve been given.


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.


The Wayne (Pa.) Independent