Throughout a lifetime I have learned the best way for me to begin and end a new day is with an affirmation of gratitude. I thank my Creator for the journey of life and the miracle of existence, because consciousness itself, regardless of circumstances, is a true gift. Now don’t get me wrong. The fact that I always express gratitude does not mean that all is necessarily well in my world. It reflects my appreciation that we as people have the ability to comprehend both the good and evil that is going on about us. This creates the opportunity for us to make the world a better place for ourselves, our families, and communities. This realization gives us the passion and purpose to make our communities better places for all living things to thrive. There is no doubt about it. Passion and purpose are true gifts of spirit for which we can all be thankful no matter what our temporal circumstances. Spirit harkens us to grow in ways which support one another; to fight that evil which is often designed to leave each of us alone, feeling lonely, helpless, and broken. Unfortunately, such evil often lives very close to us and demands or cajoles our loyalty. Being grateful for life, regardless of our temporary circumstances, allows each of us the focus to resist the world’s corruption at a spiritual level. For the fight against governmental corruption is a spiritual one. Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.