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Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t let COVID-19 restrictions get you down

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Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 6:00 am

Don’t let the COVID crisis put a damper on your Thanksgiving Day. Several years ago, the founder of the Association of Mature American Citizens, the late Dan Weber (my dad), issued a Thanksgiving Day message at another particularly trying time in our nation’s history. The threats we faced then were disruptive but definitely less threatening than the pandemic that has us safe-distancing, self-isolating and watching too many of our fellow citizens fall ill and perish.

Nonetheless, the message my father had then is appropriate this year. As he put it: “Pessimists might suggest that we have a lot to be fearful of these days and not a lot to be thankful for. They’ll say that the threats of terror attacks have cast a dark shadow over the country. And they’ll argue that the country is divided politically and that unrest is widespread. But the truth is that every day is Thanksgiving Day. Challenges abound, they always have. But we have much more for which to be grateful than we have to be afraid of. As Psychologist Robert L. Leahy put it: ‘giving thanks may be the best gift that you can give to others – and to yourself. And, like the best things in life, it’s free’.”

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