Moss, is humor writer from Tennessee. She writes a
weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny
things that happen to everyone.
She has written for the Daily News of Kingsport, Griffin Journal,
Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton
Advocate, and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News
Journal. She has been
published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks
at Guidepost Books. Her articles have appeared in
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||Message of Thanksgiving....
Message of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving just around the corner, what do we have to be thankful
for in these tough times of economic depression? The stock market is
on a roller-coaster and consumer confidences seem to be at a low
previously not experienced.
Homes are being repossessed every day. We live in dread of what might
happen next. Will we have a job next year or even next week? Will we
lose our retirement pensions? Can we keep our heads above water
economically? Where will it all end?
These are the worst of times, we are told, since the Great Depression.
We have heard of the Great Depression, how people lost fortunes in the
stock market, jumped out of windows, or ended up on skid row.
It has been said that a recession is when other people are losing
jobs, homes, and savings, and a depression is when it is happening to
you. In spite of the turbulence, most of us are probably still
As prices become lower, people are afraid to spend, to let go of what
they have in case things become worse. We put off buying that new car
or expensive camera. Ironically, lack of consumer confidence and
spending forces conditions to get even worse.
Do we still have much to be thankful for, even in the worst of times?
Being healthy is worth more than any amount of money. I've been going
though a small personal crisis with a painful shoulder problem. Funny
how important health becomes when you find you can't
use your right arm. But regardless of how limiting it may be, others
are worse off. I'm blessed to have only a minor ailment and not a
People who own their home and are financial stable have much to be
thankful for. We may lose interest on savings, but think of those who
have no home or savings to lose.
It has always been my philosophy to live within or below my means
instead of overextending myself. Big homes are tempting, but big house
payments are not. I am happy with my small and secure bungalow and can
live without the fancy dream house.
We have always had it good compared to generations of the past that
suffered through the Depression and the two World Wars. We only know
life in the good times; we have not been conditioned to withstand the
Perhaps it is time to remember how to survive in times of adversity.
In the South, we don't know how to deal with snow because we so seldom
have it. When it gets too cold, our pipes freeze because our homes are
not insulated to withstand the cold. Our cars skid on the icy roads
because we have never learned to drive when it is slick. Yet, our
northern cousins deal with such conditions all the time, so we know it
is possible to live and thrive in adverse weather.
When I was in New Orleans last summer, I talked to many people who had
lost everything to Katrina. What they missed most was not their lost
possessions but their lost family members, pets, lifestyle, and all
that was familiar to them.
We hear over and over that the most important things are not
possessions, money, or success, but the non-material things, such as,
family, friendship and love. Maybe we have to experience it
personally to believe it.
We can look at bad times as an opportunity to improve, to become
stronger. We can learn to be less extravagant, to live with less, to
make the most of the things and the opportunities we have and to be
satisfied with less.
In the South we have an economic tradition called learning to
Yes, I know it is easier to appreciate diversity when you are not
facing bankruptcy or financial ruin. But everything is temporary. Bad
times pass. It is only by experiencing the bad times that we can
fully appreciate the good times.
In our times of distress let us appreciate what we have, give thanks
for our blessings, and learn to look up.
Copyright 2008 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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