For all our complaining about politics and economic conditions, most Americans don't have to think long to find something to be grateful this Thanksgiving season.
"U had meals today and up and running, that's something to crow about," one Facebook friend responded to a plea for ideas.
"I'm thankful for my health, my wonderful family and friends, and all of that stuff that cynics love to poke fun at," said another.
"Friends like you."
"I'm thankful for my dog! Family ... friends ... upbringing ... laughter ... snow ... love ... health ... God ... life!"
"My husband, my extended family, my friends here and around the world, the vocation God has called me to, living in a country where there is plenty; peace, sunshine, flowers."
"My salvation, husband, children, grand kids, friends, my eye sight, to view all of God's beauty, my hearing, to hear all those special things said, for good food, not being in debt and living in America! So many things to be thankful for, especially in this day and age."
"I am thankful for all my fabulous friends here in McCook. They have come to my rescue more than once. God, for keeping me healthy so I can care for those who need me."
Of course, it's harder for some to feel thankful this Thanksgiving, those with family conflicts, those who are out of work, facing homelessness or hungry.
For the rest of us, this season should be a time to pay forward some of our blessings by dropping some bills into the red Salvation Army bucket, taking some nonperishable food to the McCook Pantry, setting up an automatic contribution to United Way, contributing to the McCook Toybox or supporting other charitable efforts.
Those are some ways to show we are truly grateful this Thanksgiving time.