Wednesday, November 21, 2007
A Giving of Thanks
For instance, I’m (sort of) thankful for a man I’ve never met, who sold some beautiful land, in my hometown, to some people who wanted to build an Indian casino.
Because it made me come back.
And because it made me sit through my first selectman’s meeting, ever.
Which made me realize I should have been going to selectman’s meetings ever since I’ve been able to vote.
And that made me realize the importance, depleted by years of cynicism and the electoral college, of my one vote. Of my one voice. And of my, and of everyone’s participation in our government.
And I’m thankful for the people of character I’ve met, through a rare hardship we’ve all shared.
I’m also thankful that the few talents I possess have been of some small value to a cause I truly believe in.
I’m even thankful to have been silenced, so that I learned to speak louder.
And thankful to have been edited, so that I wrote more.
I’m thankful for my opponents, however callous, vicious, or persistent, because they've made me realize I can be strong. And I wish them all the happiest of holidays.
I’m thankful to have been born into this time, and this place, which offers me opportunities my predecessors never had, to be counted.
I’m thankful for those people I so admire – the ones who’ve asked me to participate in this fight, and to step outside a place I found safe, and in doing so, to become more than I thought I could ever be.
I’m thankful I’ve had to venture beyond my boundaries, to have faced my fears, to have stood up, to have raised my voice - because I never might have.
I’m so thankful for discovering new places, finding new friends, and for witnessing the leadership of others.
And I’m thankful for you - sincerely thankful for your humor, your kind words, and of your support.
And I'm thankful, more than anything, for my family and friends, who’ve stood by me and supported me through this incredible year. I always just wanted to be there, 24/7, for them, yet in the past 8 months, they seemed to spend 24/7 watching me run off to meetings, rallies, forums and cancel plans, spend hours at the computer, or be otherwise unavailable. Despite this, when they could, they've willingly joined me in the effort. For that, and for everything else, I am humbled.
My friend Jesse Powell always concludes her e-mails with a quote from Margaret Mead:
'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
When I unknowingly entered this ring, back in May, I thought that sentiment was hopeful, quaint, optimistic.
Now, as I dust myself off from the latest fray, look around at my collegues still there, I understand it’s truth. It’s strength. It’s promise.
We've made a difference.
And so, while I’ll never be thankful for this predicament, I hope you'll understand that I’ll ever be thankful for the challenge.
Love and Thanks!
Posted by Gladys Kravitz at 10:23 PM