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Advocate editorial board opinion: Let spirit inside you bring goodness and smiles

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Nov. 24, 2010 at 5:24 a.m.

Happy Thanksgiving to all on this special holiday.

Thanksgiving is a day to reflect on what we are thankful for. And it is one of the few real American holidays also celebrated by Canada.

Although we experience downturns individually and as a city, we have much to be thankful for. The demise of Lacks Furniture Stores was a blow, but we should be thankful for Caterpillar Inc. coming to our community.

And we are taking pride in our community with subtle changes occurring; we can thank Keep Victoria Beautiful, the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, the Victoria Visitors and Convention Bureau and the Victoria Economic Development Corporation for their efforts to make our city an dour quality of life better. The fruits of their work are becoming more and more visible. And whether we know it, we are taking more and more pride in our city.

We all have something or someone to be thankful for - our families, our loved ones and our friends. We can always find something to be thankful for, no matter how down and out we might be. If we change our perspective and look for those bright lights in our lives, we will be better off.

We can thank our firefighters and our law enforcement personnel for keeping us safe.

We are thankful for the University of Houston-Victoria, now a four-year university, in our community that can only bring prosperity. We are thankful that Jaguar Hall is filled with students and will be again next year - this is proof we need to plan further out for our university.

We are thankful for The Victoria College, a top-notch community college that continues to serve the needs of employers and upcoming college students.

We are thankful for our wonderful hospitals and medical community.

Many of us are thankful for our homes, our jobs and our belongings. But those who don't have a job or a home can still find something to be thankful for - a photograph, a reminder of a loved one, a place that brings back fond memories.

On this day when we think about being thankful, let's set aside our differences and greet each other with respect and kindness. We can be thankful for civil discourse - agreeing to disagree while being polite.

We can be thankful we escaped another hurricane season and damage to our city and homes. We are thankful for the South Texas weather - not like the bitter cold of the northeast.

We can be thankful to live in a community where people gladly and quickly come to the aid of others who have experienced tragedy, such as a house fire or other catastrophe.

We can be thankful we have honorable and dedicated soldiers who safeguard our nation, give us the freedom we cherish. We can be thankful when our veterans return from faraway wars.

We can be thankful for the spirit inside us that brings goodness and smiles our way.

We wish you Happy Thanksgiving.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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