After a couple frustrating months for our region, it may seem like there is less to be thankful for this year than in years past. However with Thanksgiving upon us it doesn’t take long to realize the many ways in which we here in the Moffat County community are truly blessed.
In recent months it seems most of the public forums in our region — including the space on these pages — have taken on a tone of anger and frustration.
While this is understandable given the state of the economy, the election results and a host of other factors, November gives us the perfect opportunity to express gratitude for all the blessings we are fortunate enough to have in our lives.
Thanksgiving has been celebrated as an official holiday in the United States since the Civil War, and celebrated unofficially since America’s earliest days. And while its long tradition certainly adds to the holiday’s status among Americans, we feel at its core Thanksgiving serves as a great reminder for all of us to do something very simple, yet very easily and often overlooked: to be thankful.
At the Daily Press, our blessings are bountiful and they begin with the community we are lucky enough to be a part of here in Craig. Through the work we do we are fortunate enough to have a front-row seat to see all the amazing people and accomplishments that are a part of Moffat County.
We are thankful for all our wonderful volunteers, some of who make a lot of life’s hardest moments a little easier and others who anonymously provide key services to area residents.
We are thankful for our passionate local elected officials, who work hard to maintain the values and lifestyle important to the people of Northwest Colorado and who remain approachable, even to those with whom they disagree.
Even something as seemingly divisive and frustrating as the recent election casts a light on yet another reason we are thankful to be a part of the Moffat County community.
We found it inspiring to see so many people give so much of themselves in order to do what they thought was right for our country. Regardless of the results, we couldn’t be happier to live in a place where people care that much and are willing to do the work to back up their beliefs.
And those are just the first examples that came to mind of the many, many blessings we have to be thankful for here in Moffat County. We encourage all of our readers at some point Thursday to think of a few more.
Life and all of its frustrations will return next week. Thursday is about taking a moment to look past all those frustrations to the positive parts of our lives we often overlook.
We believe taking just this short time to recognize the good parts of our existence is a great way to replenish our spirits and souls as we head into the holiday season.
On behalf of the Craig Daily Press, we wish all of you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving.