Deep in the Land of Plenty…

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"We are blessed beyond measure to live here. We are blessed beyond measure to have our freedoms. Why do we fight and serve to protect these? Just look around. The answer lies all around us."

Every now and again, I think we all need to take stock on how blessed we are. True, some are more blessed than others who live in this country. But even the least blessed is very blessed compared to many other countries around the world. What do I mean? Try shopping just about anywhere today, and you will see what I mean.
The other day there was an article on the news about how much of our produce comes from places outside the United States. Why? Due to the climate, other places can grow things in abundance which we cannot.
First off, you have a choice on which grocery stores to shop at. Unless you live in a very small town in rural USA, most medium to large cites are replete with different grocery venues. In the medium sized berg I live in, we have at least 6 within a 20 minute drive.
Then you pick your store, and go inside to shop. Once inside, you are met with thousands upon thousands of different brands and/or items. It is almost like being in an Alvin Toffler "Over-selection" maze. All products have been shipped and displayed to ensure maximum freshness and appearance. These days it really is hard not to find something you need (or want) - and at a reasonable price.
This afternoon just as the snow started, my wife and were out and about to buy some needed items. After being on a cruise and then in Florida for a month, we were both low on OTC medications. Both stores we visited had an abundance of what we needed at an affordable price. Once we arrived home, the mail had arrived. My refills of prescription meds were part of the mail. I have my physical on Wednesday, the doctor orders my refills, and a 90 day supply is sent to my home - today. What a country!
I have to remind myself of what it was like to live in a third world country for 18 months (which I have). In my travels and in the service, I have seen places where the grocery stores (if lucky) have hundreds of items instead of many of thousands like we have here. We crab about what ObamaCare has done to our healthcare, but we can still get healthcare. And trust me, ours is still the best on the planet!
It is too bad that Thanksgiving only comes but once a year. We tend to take living in the Land of Plenty for granted. I know I sure do. We are blessed beyond measure to live here. And more importantly, we are blessed beyond measure to have our freedoms. Why do we fight and serve to protect these? Just look around. The answer lies all around us.