There is a lot around our lives that we would surely change if we could click our heels like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. But as in Dante's Inferno, we can all look downward and see someone in much worse circumstances.
Many of the Pilgrims that celebrated the first Thanksgiving undoubtedly wished they were back in England. All of them had experienced better times. Yet after the perils of crossing the Atlantic and the struggles to stay alive in a new land, they were grateful to be alive.
Rather than thinking about what they could be doing back in jolly old England, they chose to be grateful for where they were and what they had. And so should I.