The Ottumwa Courier

November 22, 2012

Give thanks this holiday

The Road Less Traveled

Courier editor

OTTUMWA — When I’m worried and I can’t sleep

I count my blessings instead of sheep

And I fall asleep counting my blessings

When my bankroll is getting small

I think of when I had none at all

And I fall asleep counting my blessings

— Irving Berlin

For too many, 2012 has been a difficult year.  Financial woes, job concerns, issues at home and the sudden loss of family members and friends has made this year one many would love to forget.

But it’s also a time to offer our sincere thanks for the blessings we have received this year.

In southern Iowa, individuals, businesses and organizations have given generously to those in need. Whether it’s through a fundraiser dinner or auction, donations to different charitable organizations or the numerous volunteers in the area who give of their time on a daily basis, there is so much to be grateful for.

We give thanks this year for living in a wonderful part of the state where commuter traffic is relatively non-existent, small-town friendliness is evident and neighbors and friends really do care about each other.

It’s easy to get mired down in the depressing headlines that erupt day to day, but in southern Iowa, we are blessed and to ignore those blessings would diminish the importance of the Thanksgiving spirit.

There are those who will be spending Thanksgiving alone. Organizations like the Salvation Army as well as some area churches and others will be offering holiday dinners to those who are seeking a warm plate and good company.

And if you know someone who might need both, consider inviting them to your home today.

In southern Iowa, this kind of hospitality, however, is not reserved just for the holidays, but throughout the year.

Another reason to give thanks this Thanksgiving!