The holiday season is nearly upon us once again. Since August, I have traveled to Colorado, Hawaii, Georgia (multiple times), Illinois, Canada (Toronto), and eastern North Carolina. I am always in observation mode when I travel. I observe people in the community and try to strike up conversation with locals and simply get a feel for how everyone is doing. Although there is reported anger in this country, mostly over politics, I have never experienced this when traveling.
Most people are polite. I see doors being held open, passengers helping others with stowing luggage in overhead bins, customers and food service employees saying thank you with a smile, and people willing to assist others when asked. I watch 80,000 fans all rooting for the same team. I witness union workers on strike in Waikiki, peacefully protesting as people go about their business. I observe all walks of life everywhere I go. I feel energy and a sense of purpose and happiness from most. I do not see anger, rudeness, or intolerance. Quite frankly, I see nothing our media reports. I simply see America going about its business.
For that, I am thankful this holiday season to live in a time in which we’ve never been safer, healthier, and more prosperous. I thank America for that. At Sumus, we are thankful for our God, our country, and our people. Happy Thanksgiving!