by Stephen Longfellow Fiske

In the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers wrote that “We are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  By endowmwnt it means a gift, that we are provided and equipted with abilities,  talents and intelligence. By inalienable it means that these gifts are  inherent in what it means to be a human being and that it can’t be taken away.  We are given the gift of life, we are given free choice or free will to pursue happiness in any way we wish within the law that in a democracy should represent the will of the people.  By using the term “Creator” it means that no one name of god or brand of religion shall dominate, that we have the freedom to worship as we choose, or to not worship in any particular way.  For these freedoms alone we should be thankful, and although democracy is an imperfect work in progress, we should be further thankful that we have the opportunity to participate with our brothers and sisters in the pursuit of building a peaceful and sustainable future that works for everyone.  We all have an inherent calling to develop our talents and gifts and to be of service to humanity and our planet.  True happiness comes when we serve a cause greater than ourselves.  For this pursuit of happiness let us us cultivate thankfulness, not just on Thanksgiving, but every day.  Have a blessed and most fulfilling Thanksgiving.