Ford: We should always be glad about what this nation offers us

It is so simple as saving the goodness of the yr — remembering on Thanksgiving there are good issues in every of our lives

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Canada has taken an ethical and perhaps an moral beating on the world stage and within the media recently.

This Thanksgiving weekend couldn’t be extra welcome.

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It’s time to recollect the nice issues we now have. Regardless of rising rates of interest, a disaster of homelessness and all of the “unhealthy” information to which we now have been uncovered, there’s nonetheless a lot to be glad about. On the prime of the listing ought to be the peace we take pleasure in, regardless of political grandstanding and “assault canine” politicians. We vote freely in all elections. We don’t dwell in an authoritarian nation. Canada isn’t excellent, we’re not the richest, we’re ninth. However we’re second to Switzerland on the “happiness” index and we’re ranked first on a “good” scale.

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However such rankings are irrelevant. We should always be glad about all we take pleasure in.

We should always be glad about the companies and help teams who attain out to the unemployed, the poor and the beleaguered on this nation. Many have nowhere else to show and little hope for a greater future. But immigrants nonetheless come and knock on the door, wanting to be a part of this land.

Organizations such because the Calgary Meals Financial institution do greater than lots of of bureaucrats. Only a week in the past, the annual meals financial institution drive gathered virtually a half-million kilos of non-perishable meals.

I’ll disagree basically with the concept of such teams — believing the presence of meals banks permits the federal government to take credit score for heading a caring society with out having to do the caring itself — however whereas the politicians argue, the meals financial institution feeds.

So, this weekend, allow us to acknowledge that Canada has given us a lot for which to be grateful.

Volunteers help sort the donated items collected in the Citywide Food Drive at the parking lot of Westbrook Mall on Saturday, September 23, 2023.
Volunteers assist kind the donated gadgets collected within the Citywide Meals Drive on the parking zone of Westbrook Mall on Saturday, September 23, 2023. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

Thanksgiving is about group and commonality, about what makes us the identical, not what makes us totally different. It’s in regards to the richness of the land and of our lives. After all, the poor, the homeless and the helpless are nonetheless with us. However I’ve by no means but heard somebody down on his luck be unable to say “thanks.” Whatever the precise bounty, the pictures of Thanksgiving are at all times about lots: sheaves of wheat, baskets of fruit, bushels of greens. They’re each literal and figurative, representing not solely the richness of our tables however of our lives. Such symbols are reminders of the ceremony of thanks that occurred in pre-Reformation England when the Church acquired one loaf of bread made of recent wheat from every member of the congregation.

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Thanksgiving is just not solely about giving thanks for what you’ve got, however a ceremony of giving again.

The primary Thanksgiving within the New World was held in Newfoundland in 1578, when British immigrants, introduced by Sir Martin Frobisher, stopped to conduct a service in thanks. In 1879, the primary Canadian nationwide vacation was noticed. In 1957 the date was set because the second Monday in October, with a proclamation that learn partly: “Whereas it hath happy Almighty God in His nice goodness to vouchsafe many blessings all through the years to the folks of Canada.” We now not expound on our rules by invoking God, we are a secular society; God belongs in a single’s coronary heart, not legal guidelines. However the blessings for which we ought to be grateful haven’t modified.

Maybe this yr, of all of the years because the late Atlanta-based author Celestine Sibley wrote down the knowledge of an outdated and uneducated girl, it’s time to remind ourselves of the “grateful behavior.”

“Thanksgiving ought to be a storing up of the nice issues within the coronary heart and thoughts . . . You bought to get the grateful behavior. That offers you a cushion.”

It’s so simple as saving the goodness of the yr — remembering on Thanksgiving there are good issues in every of our lives. Many Canadians will attend their church, cathedral, temple or mosque to offer thanks. Many won’t.

However faith however, the blessings stay.

Catherine Ford is an everyday Herald columnist.

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