FoF: Gratitude is Fair Play

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Thanksgiving

As you may have figured out from your time drawing breath on this Earth, life is not fair. Whether it’s a kid who’s forced to share something, or an adult who’s trying to divide and conquer because they never learned to share anything, there’s always someone who’s unhappy with their piece of the proverbial pie. And then they tweet about it.

We get it. We’ve had hits on both sides of the foul line, too. It’s easy to feel like the odds are stacked against you. And sometimes, they are. It’s hard enough to deal with that on our own, before we even talk about teaching our kids to do the same.

But do the same we must, and we can do that by trying to focus on what we’re thankful for. We’re painting with a pretty general brush here, because everyone is facing something, but we’ll be spending Gratitude Week (as we’re calling next week’s run-up to Thanksgiving) with shout-outs to the loved ones, mentors, and other folks we know will always have our backs. We take these people for granted a lot of the time, and most of the time, we can’t help it. But they’re here, and they’re precious. And this week, we salute their kindness as a buffer against the chaos.

Happy Thanksgiving, to you and us and them.

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