As I sit here eating my breakfast and watching CNN's covereage of these horrible terrorist attacks in Mumbai (6:45 am our time), I am overwhelmed by all of the things Kristoffer and I have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. We are safe, we are healthy, we have a stable income from work we like doing, we are bringing new life into the world, we are able to travel to two other continents to spend time with our loved ones very soon, and the list goes on. Even though our Thanksgiving holiday might be spent somewhat differently this year than in the past - working all day, but having some kind of Thanksgiving dinner with friends tonight - it has certainly not escaped us how fortunate we are.
This past Sunday morning, we had the pleasure of joining some visiting Americans for breakfast at their hotel in Nairobi. A few of these visitors are from my home town of Andover, MA and with a group of west-coasters came to Kenya to spend this week building a much-needed well for an orphanage in the western Kenya city of Kisii. It was inspirational to meet the Kenyan woman who started this orphanage, and to hear the excitement in her visitors' voices about how they would be spending their Thanksgiving week. We were impressed by their act of selfless charity, as well as their plans to remain involved in the orphanage in the future when they return home to their regular lives. In a world where the news reports bomb blasts, terrorist attacks, financial crises, and health scares around the world all day everyday, it is important to also remember that really good people are doing really good things for other people everyday too!
It makes me less likely to complain about our TV and internet being broken (although both were finally fixed yesterday) and about crazy restaurants when I stop to reflect on all of the amazing blessings in my life. Kristoffer and I wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Make sure to tell someone else: Asante Sana (thank you very much, in Swahili)!