As I write this message on Thanksgiving Eve I feel the need to exhale, to come down from the intensity of the recent election and personal challenges of this year.
Thanksgiving offers us all an opportunity to regroup and refocus our attention on the things in life that we hold most dear and which cannot be bought—our faith, our loved ones, good health, the ability to work and make a meaningful contribution to society.
Saying what you are thankful for is a wonderful tradition that should never be underestimated. Giving a voice to your blessings is powerful and reminds you and others how good life really is. Although I won’t be at your Thanksgiving table, think of this message as if I were personally offering my thanks for all that is good in my life.
I am thankful that I get to work with positive people, committed to making their community better. I get to tell their stories and celebrate their effort every week through this publication. I am blessed to be in a position to give voice to injustice and praise to what is right.
I am thankful that I live in a country that still values freedom of speech and allows people to disagree with their government. As a publisher, every week I use my First Amendment rights to publish information that speaks to the interests of my readers, to what matters to them, their core beliefs.
I am thankful that at a time when people in so many of our cities are feeling desperate and discontent about their future, our future is bright. At a time when citizens are disappointed in their leaders, leaders in Inglewood are giving people reason for hope.
It’s not just a bunch of rhetoric; we’re actually seeing the fulfillment of progress every single day that we drive down the street. There are new structures going up. Workers are busy making way for the new stadium and train stations that will carry future visitors to and through Inglewood.
I am thankful for my health. Despite challenges that may arise, I have access to good health care and well trained doctors. I have the ability to pay for medicine and the knowledge on how to eat right and take care of my body.
I am thankful for my upbringing, for my parents and other family members who instilled good morals and values. They motivated me to get an education, pursue my entrepreneurial dreams and respect the law.
Finally, I am grateful that I have the right to choose what I will think about myself and others. I choose to have hope and courage. I choose to believe I will continue to thrive and my community will continue to grow, improve and expand—regardless of who our president is.
Inglewood Today wishes you and yours a very meaningful Thanksgiving holiday.