I’m Not Thankful

I’m not thankful for the person who abandoned their dog on the street.
But I’m thankful for the person who picked up the dog and gave them a home.

I’m not thankful for the partner that abused their significant other over something they had no control over.
But I’m thankful for the person that gave the abused shelter and comfort.

I’m not thankful for those who throw away their garbage and trash wherever they please.
But I’m thankful for those that take the time to recycle and use recyclable material in their daily routine. (DOING IT FOR THE TURTLES)

I’m not thankful for the gun violence that has occurred in our country in the past year.
But I’m thankful for the love and support that is given to those in grief.

I’m not thankful for the person who decided to get too drunk and wanted to drive intoxicated.
But I’m thankful for the friend who stopped them before they put the keys in.

I’m not thankful for the wars going on in the world, killing others because their leaders couldn’t agree on something.
But I’m thankful for those who are fighting in peace, and working together through discussion and constructive debate to come to an agreement.

I’m not thankful for the people who don’t view those that are undocumented as real people.
But I’m thankful for the people who are working to make the citizenship process more accessible.

I’m not thankful for the people who shut out others who are not of the same color, gender. culture, or ethnicity.
But I’m thankful for the people who band together for one common purpose despite their differences.

I’m not thankful for those who do not acknowledge depression and anxiety, dismissing it as something that isn’t real or logical.
But I’m thankful for those who lend an ear and shoulder to lean on for those going through any negative feelings or experiences.

I’m not thankful for the bullies in elementary schools, who tease others because of their differences.
But I’m thankful for the friends who stand up despite fear.

I’m not thankful for the people who separate families by force.
But I’m thankful for those who work to keep the bridge and connection alive.

I’m not thankful for the people who keep the opportunity for education away from those who need and deserve it.
But I’m thankful for those who provide scholarships for those in need and accommodations for disabilities.

This holiday season, despite all the things that we are grateful and thankful for, remember those who are thankful for you, the person who brings about positive change despite the negativity, the hate, and the crime in this world.

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