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Statehouse File: An Attitude of Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving! As I reflect on the true meaning of the holiday, I am often reminded of a first-grade Thanksgiving play that my daughter Ava participated in a few years back.  All of the songs and costumes were great, but my favorite was a song called, “Let’s Have a Gratitude Attitude.”

Dressed as Pilgrims and Native Americans, the students would sing the chorus “let’s have a gratitude attitude” together and the students would take turns stepping forward to tell the audience something specific for which they were grateful.  Answers varied from “my Mom and Dad,” to “Jesus,” to “friends,” to “my goldfish.”

This simple song has stuck with me over the years.  It is a reminder that Thanksgiving is a time to look past our struggles and differences, remember our many blessings and have a “gratitude attitude” about life.

Today, it’s easy to be discouraged by all the negativity and pessimism we hear when we turn on the TV or go online. But that’s not what I hear when I talk with folks across our state. Most Hoosiers are optimistic about America’s future, and recognize that we have a lot to be thankful for in this country, despite our many challenges.

The Messer family is grateful for each other, thankful for our faith, and appreciative of the opportunity to serve our state and nation.

I am also grateful for leaders in the White House working to make our country more secure and prosperous. President Trump and Vice President Pence are working with Congress to cut taxes, secure our border, support our military, improve care for veterans, repeal Obamacare and bring back jobs lost overseas.  We have a lot of work to do to turn those policies into law and improve the lives of Hoosiers.  Yet, I am glad that we live in a country where it’s possible to shape our future.

We do live in challenging times. But, as we close out the year and spend time with family and friends, I hope we all can adopt a “gratitude attitude.”  We are a blessed nation, with much to be thankful for.

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