As we creep into the holiday season, it’s difficult for some to find something to be thankful for.

The world is in turmoil, prices are over the top, fuel is sky high and some are dealing with extremely hard choices – do I buy my family a turkey or do I pay for gas to get to work so that I might keep a roof over our head?

It’s not what most would consider a great time.

But there is hope. There always is hope.

This is the best country in the world and we seem to have this remarkable way to overcome.

A good start would be to put the needs of United States citizens at the forefront. I don’t care which side of the political fence you fall on, but our leaders have lost the overall vision of what this country is about.

That said, we, as outdoorsmen and women, have our own ways to deal with depressing things.

Our world is one that’s closest to the powers that be, the ones that provide us with an outlet to remain as close to sanity as possible.

I mean, just think about it – deer hunting season is in the midst of its peak, inshore and surf fishing is booming and family feasts begin in just a day.

It’s a great time to take a walk on the beach, a slow drive through the country or an evening bundled up in front of an evening fire.

For myself, life in the country allows the joy of quiet, a chance to listen to the vast array of birds and the thrill of a bald eagle effortlessly soaring the air currents.

Yeah, the overall picture is kinda screwed up. But I refuse to not fight back, as there are lots of ways to get away from it all.

For those that struggle most this time of year, we have the opportunity to reach out, provide a hot meal, give away a blanket or thick winter coat. Help those that need it most and be thankful you are in a position to do so.

Kiss that fish, hug that dear and give thanks that you had the chance.

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