It's easy to get caught up in the routine of every-day life and the things that go awry.
But when Thanksgiving rolls around, it's time to count your blessings.
In 1621 in Plymouth, Mass., when a group of surviving Pilgrims sat down for a three-day feast with members of the Wampanoag tribe, life was difficult.
Hunger, disease and cold weather had killed about half the settlers who arrived in New England in late 1620. But the first successful harvest had generated hope and resulted in a feast.
Today's meal and holiday will bring together many families and individuals happy to be together.
But behind some smiling faces will be people dealing with illness, unemployment, loss and uncertainty. And while such conditions begat worry, we can be grateful that our community has resources to address these matters and provide hope for the future.
Also, we should be grateful and proud of the efforts made by local organizations and their volunteers to see that everyone in our community had access to a Thanksgiving dinner.
Food banks, social service agencies, churches, fire departments and others are a shining example of selflessness at this time of the year when they arrange to provide the contents of a Thanksgiving dinner to needy families.
And in some cases, dedicated volunteers will elect to cook a traditional turkey dinner and serve it along with a little conversation.
Before Thanksgiving gives way to Black Friday and the shopping marathon leading up to Christmas, take a moment to think about those early Pilgrims and how the first harvest yielded hope.
Then embrace what's good in your life and the possibilities for the future.