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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy thanksgiving all.  A favorite American holiday, Thanksgiving is a  an opportunity to watch football, eat turkey and reflect on our circumstances, what we’re thankful for.

Every year, I look forward to re-reading The Desolate Wilderness, published every day before Thanksgiving by the Wall Street Journal.  If you’ve never read it, I’d encourage you to read it.  It’s a great account of the first settlers/pilgrims and their journey from Holland to the New World, and the crazy foreignness of what they experience here.

This section in particular always impacts me:

Being now passed the vast ocean, and a sea of troubles before them in expectations, they had now no friends to welcome them, no inns to entertain or refresh them, no houses, or much less towns, to repair unto to seek for succour; and for the season it was winter, and they that know the winters of the country know them to be sharp and violent, subject to cruel and fierce storms, dangerous to travel to known places, much more to search unknown coasts.

Besides, what could they see but a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wilde beasts and wilde men? and what multitudes of them there were, they then knew not: for which way soever they turned their eyes (save upward to Heaven) they could have but little solace or content in respect of any outward object; for summer being ended, all things stand in appearance with a weatherbeaten face, and the whole country, full of woods and thickets, represented a wild and savage hew.

Whenever I read this, I find it bolsters me.  Be not afraid is the message I take.  No matter what challenges one finds in front of him or her, they likely pale in comparison to this account.  Showing up on the banks of New England, with literally nothing established.   Truly, the ultimate startup.
Be not afraid.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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