This time of year, it is commonplace to reflect upon the things for which we are thankful, especially with Thanksgiving Day just around the corner. So before you carve the turkey, dig into the trimmings and plop yourself down on the couch to nap, or to talk to loved ones, or to watch a football game on Nov. 22, take stock in the good things in your life and reach out to those for whom you are grateful. Better yet, make it a year-round practice. Why wait for the holidays?
To get an idea of what your neighbors are thankful for this holiday season, Downtown Living magazine recently polled several local residents. As expected, their answers varied, but almost everyone that we talked to responded that they were thankful for their family and good health. No doubt, they are probably at the top of your list
So without further ado, take a few minutes to read this month’s cover story. Then take a few minutes more to count your blessings. You will be happy that you did.
“I’m thankful to be alive because I have a bad heart. I’m thankful for food, home and my children.”
“I’m thankful for my family and that we are all healthy, and that I have a job.”
“I’m thankful for new adventures and the good people to be on those new adventures with me like my family, friends and co-workers.”
“I’m happy that my whole family is healthy and together.”
“I’m thankful for my family and my job, too, and that I have a roof over my head.”
“I’m thankful for my friends and family, my car and my home. I’m especially thankful for my mom.”
“I’m thankful for my parents, my girlfriend and my buddies. I’m happy that I get to do what I like to do for a living even though I don’t make a ton of money doing it. I’m also thankful that I live in a country where we get to vote and that our voices can be heard.”
“I’m thankful for my family and friends. They get me through a lot of tough times that I have throughout the year.”
Mary L. Wells
“I’m thankful that I am employed and that my family is happy and healthy.”
“I’m thankful for a lot of things, including that my mother is still with me even though she is ill. I’m thankful for what she has given me.”
“I’m thankful for the Des Moines economy and financial security that we all
have. I’m thankful that my wife is graduating with her fourth graduate degree. There are plenty of things to be thankful for, including my 6-month-old daughter, Zoey, and my 4-year-old son, Brandon.”
“I’m thankful for the friends and family that have taken care of me the last five months. I didn’t have a place to live here, but my friends’ parents took me in for five months and now I have a place of my own. I’m also thankful
for the Dallas Cowboys tickets I have to see them play the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day.”
“I’m very thankful for my parents who support me in everything I do, whether it’s schoolwork, sports or theater. They encourage me to do my best and love me no matter if I succeed or crash and burn. I’m also thankful for my friends because they’ve got my back and I’ve got theirs. We trust one another, and that’s a good thing to have with your friends.”
“I’m thankful for the weather in Iowa and that we weren’t hit by Sandy. I’m thankful for my family’s health and that I have a job. I’m also thankful for my sweater collection.”
“I’m thankful to be an Iowan and to live in Iowa. I’m thankful for family and friends.”
“I’m thankful for my parents and my little sister and my dog, Zeus, who is truly a gentle giant and loves everyone that he meets. He’s such a big baby. I am also thankful for my friends who make me laugh and help keep me sane at school and in my activities. It’s nice to have friends that you can lean on when you need them.”
“I’m thankful for my neighborhood — the East Village — that gives me friends that are a part of my life.
I’m thankful for my son, good health and a positive outlook most of the time. I’m also thankful for the opportunity to elect a president every four years.”
“I’m thankful for my family and to have a job.”
“I’m thankful that in this economy I can work for a great company like Nationwide and that I have a roof over my head and that I can support myself and be independent.”
“I’m thankful that the weather hasn’t been too terrible and that I have a job and nice bosses to work for and that I work in a great place.”
“I’m thankful that winter hasn’t arrived here yet and that there are no effects of Sandy here. I’m always thankful that my family and friends are doing
“I’m thankful to be working and to have a job in this economy. I’m thankful that we live here in America because anywhere else you’ve got a lot of rules
about what you can and can’t do. Here, it’s like living on an open campus.”
“I’m thankful for my kids, ages 8 and 1.