I am not fond of Thanksgiving, it is one of my least favorite holidays and if we were to take it off of the calendar all together I would not complain. I don’t like the food; I absolutely detest turkey and the smell of cranberry sauce makes me nauseous. I also think it’s somewhat of a shameful holiday because I always ask what are we celebrating? The settlers came over here, had a peaceful meal with the Indians, and then we slaughtered them, stole their land and having been screwing them ever since. My kids know my thoughts on this and my 13 year old daughter said to me last week, “Dad you can make Thanksgiving about whatever you want, it doesn’t have to be about the pilgrims and Indians, it can be to just be thankful for what you have”. This got me to thinking that she was absolutely right and I do have a lot to be thankful for. From the mouth of babes right?
In the United States as well as many other countries we are blessed with many things; one of those is the ability to start a business and engage in commerce. While we take this freedom for granted there are many places in the world where this is not an option. Countries like North Korea keep their people oppressed and while I obviously have never been there and don’t have any firsthand experience of what it’s like to live there, I am fairly sure that entrepreneurship is probably not encouraged. Countries like North Korea and Cuba survive by keeping the people down. In America I can start any legal business that I want, I am free to engage in free enterprise and capitalism, to start a company and build my dream, which is exactly what I am doing. Sure I sometimes complain as I am sure we all do about the down trodden economy we are currently living in, but at the end of the day I have something that many in the world don’t. Personal freedom. Freedom to get up and go to work each day, freedom to build my business, and at the end of the day I get to go home and know that I am building a better future for my kids. This is something that I am truly thankful for.
So tomorrow while you are eating your turkey and cranberry sauce (gag, yuck) take a moment to be thankful that you live in a country where free enterprise is encouraged and that you are free to utilize the talents that God has given you.