Although Thanksgiving is known primarily as an American holiday, three other countries, including the Netherlands and Liberia, celebrate something similar. It's good to know that being thankful is a universal sentiment.
Nationally there are many challenges facing our country. An economy that seems to be taking forever to recover from a severe recession, politicians who seem more interested in fighting with each other than getting things done, and threats and conflicts all over the world.
It may seem impossible to be thankful when the news is depressing, and our lives are busier and more stressful than ever, but there are things we can be thankful for despite all those challenges.
We can be thankful for our men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe. We can be thankful for the diplomats working to diffuse conflict so that that sacrifice does not become necessary.
We can be thankful for the men and women that work in public safety who will keep us safe on the roads during the holiday travel season.
We can be thankful that we live in a thriving community that is looking forward to a brighter future with new businesses and industries making Webster City their home.
We can be thankful that we come together when things get rough by helping one another. The floods this summer showed that we can work together to overcome any obstacle.
We can be thankful that we care about our neighbors and come together to pitch in when there is an illness or offering support in times of need.
These are all things everyone in Webster City can be proud of and thankful for. Here's wishing you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.