November 10, 2010 Edition

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A time to take stock

I have been contemplating the current trend I am seeing in American culture and it troubles me that there seems to be a definite pattern of "I want it all and I want it now," in relation to the problems we face.

We have become an "on demand" people. We want our information, entertainment, communication and every other aspect of our daily lives to be available when we want it and how we want it.

Technology has given us the capability of communicating and receiving information from anywhere via our cell phones. We know the instant there is a problem or disaster strikes. Our anxiety levels are high. We are under stress, over scheduled and tired all of the time. Above all we are angry.

We want someone to fix all our problems, and we want it to be the perfect solution for each of us without any downside or disruption to our lives.

It's time we stopped for a moment and took stock. As Thanksgiving approaches, I would hope each of us could find something in our lives to be thankful for. For many in our country, times are tough. But as a people we have survived many tough times before this. We will survive this one as well.

Let's be thankful that we live in a country with the freedom to like or dislike our government and to voice our opinions either way. We go to church or not as we choose, and we have the right to send all of our children to school.

Even with all our blessings we still have room to improve. Let us strive to finally find the solutions to the age-old problems of poverty, healthcare and inequality - not by being angry that they exist and must be dealt with, but by accepting that they do and finding the answers that help all of our citizens lead happier, healthier lives.

In a perfect world, there would be no sickness, no violence, no poverty and no inequality. Until there is a perfect world, there is work to be done.

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