Giving Thanks – Remembering Our Four Freedoms


Four Freedoms by Franklin D. Roosevelt

Like many of you I get excited when the political ads come to a close and the holiday ads begin. As you might have guessed most of the ads appearing on television now jump right into Christmas and leave many of us wondering, What about Thanksgiving?

Think about it, wouldn’t it be nice to see some ads focusing on the wonderful blessings and freedoms we all enjoy (and often times) forget.

Let’s think back…In early 1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt famously articulated the four freedoms that people everywhere should be thankful for:

  1. Freedom of speech
  2. Freedom of worship
  3. Freedom from want
  4. Freedom from fear

This bold speech came at a time when the world was in terrible turmoil and just 11 months later we would declare war on Japan. Based on these statements it was clear to the world that the U.S. would no longer practice the thinking of isolationism and non-intervention. We were now engaged in a better cause, the cause of democracy. Our country would then go on to help in many causes and fight for these freedoms (for us and many others) that today so many of us enjoy.

freedom_from_want_1943-norman_rockwell1I’m reminded of Norman Rockwell painting “Freedom from Want” that expressed the warmth of family and security that so many of us long for. When we think of Thanksgiving today we think of lots of food, getting together with family, sporting events and Black Friday.

It would do us all a bit of good to reflect back on much more than this. Maybe it’s time to start a new family tradition?

Find someone who is in need and share your time with them. What about a neighbor who could use a hand? It’s amazing when you take time to reflect just how much  you’ve been blessed in your life.

This holiday season let’s try and focus on the positive and reach out to those in need. I’m sure that’s something our founding fathers and those who have given their lives would be proud of.

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