Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

What Are We Thankful For

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 11:35am -- Ken Markwell

The older I get, the more I think about this every year, and while I am thankful year round, it is at this time of year we seem to hear about it more and more for
obvious reasons.

As we all know, this past weekend, we received the largest snowfall since records were kept dating back to 1884! Best guess for Lombard from the snow sitting on my deck railing, it looks somewhere around 10 inches or just a bit more. When I looked at the temperature this morning, it was reading 10
degrees! Pretty much a double whammy! Just to add icing on the cake, we started to have plumbing issues yesterday and looks like it could be the main line running to the street. Needless to say, I am thinking
anything but thankful at the moment.

While my wife, Ronni, will attest that I was not in the best of moods
yesterday or even this morning, I find myself having to write this week’s article for the newsletter and it is giving me time to pause and reflect on the last 24 hours or so and the “woe is me” pity party I find myself in.

I am now realizing how really silly I am. I could complain about having to shovel twice yesterday, but now I am grateful to have a driveway and deck to shovel.  Many have neither. I can also complain about how cold it is outside but realize I am sitting in my nice warm kitchen writing this and many have no place warm to live, or even a kitchen to sit in. I could complain how inconvenient having a plumbing issue is but then I think again that many have no indoor plumbing to be inconvenienced by. I could complain about the large plumbing bill I expect to get this morning but here again I am grateful I have the means (and insurance) to take care of it. Finally, and most importantly, I think about all the tragedies that have occurred around the world constantly and realize how very lucky and thankful I am that I live in a safe community where others
protect me and how much freedom I have.

In a few days I will gather with family and friends like many of us will to celebrate Thanksgiving. There will be football to watch, plenty of
noshing, some imbibing, and of course a dinner where leftovers will last for days! Thankfully!

I will enjoy it all a bit more this year as I think about all that I am truly
thankful for. Family, friends, even writing this article, everything really. I can’t think of a single thing I am not thankful for. I hope you feel the same as you celebrate this year.

Wishing you all peace, happiness and safety this “Thanksgiving” Day.