If you're thankful, give back
I was inspired by Denise Palmieri's column on peHUB about giving back to her local community. She described a vote in her small community about funding the library. There was overwhelming opposition to funding the tax increase for the library from the people who didn't use the library. This brings up a key factor in democracy: Do you want to fund things that your town should have, or only the things you personally use? I try to make decisions about what I think the government should pay for by thinking about how I think the world should be, not what government services do I use.
Thanksgiving is a time of year when we should not only be thankful for what we have, but also try to make the world the place we all want it to be. Get past the selfish view of "what's in it for me" and think about "what's in it for us". Put yourself in the other person's position before you make a decision. Don't criticize someone if you wouldn't trade your position in life with theirs. Instead, try to make the world better so that we're all happy with the position we have.
Don't take what we all have for granted. Give back with your time and your money to build a better world for all of us. Feed the poor, heal the sick, and enrich our lives with education, music, theater, and the arts. Spend a little less time on you and a little more time on us.
If we all do this, we'll all have a lot more to be thankful for next year.