Don’t forget to count your blessings

Thanksgiving break has come and gone and most of your time was probably spent catching up on much needed sleep, spending time with our friends back home and enjoying as many delicious, home cooked meals that we could eat during our one week hiatus from Duquesne.  


On Thanksgiving Day, we could all count on the fact that we would be surrounded by family, friends, good food, drinks (if you are 21) and NFL football. But for some, that guarantee of a warm house filled with family and a Thanksgiving feast was only just a wish.


For most people, Thanksgiving Day is one day out of the year when people gather around a table filled with a bountiful feast and give their thanks for the people in the room. But now more than ever, especially in this day and age, we should thank our lucky stars every day for the blessings that we have in our lives.


Now I am not going to go on a tangent demanding that you fall to your knees periodically throughout the day to offer up a prayer of thanksgiving. However, I do challenge you to look around, at the people who are in your life and the opportunities that you have been given and realize how truly blessed you are.


It’s easy for college students to gripe and complain about a five page paper or an exam on the Friday before break, but just think, there is someone out there who was never given the great opportunity to attend college. You are lucky!


Who wants to work on Thanksgiving break? I’m sure we could list at least 100 other things we would rather be doing than being cooped up at our place of employment, but just think, there are 12.3 million people in America without a job. You are lucky!


I will admit I am guilty of taking the great things in my life for granted. It’s sad to say, but I’m sure many can agree that it takes something monumental to happen in order for you to come back down to Earth and realize the blessings that you have in your life.


For example, how many of you immediately thought how blessed you were to have a roof over your head, clothes on your back, food in your fridge and knowing that your family, friends and pets were safe after watching the news coverage on the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy? Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our school work and social lives to notice the little things that life has to offer.  Being thankful isn’t all about material things; it’s about the people and experiences that present themselves in our lives. We have a lot to be thankful for and even when times get tough, remember there is always someone out there that has it worse.


My advice is to take heed of the wise words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”


–Maria Londino

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