November is one of my favorite times of year, as it is an opportunity to reflect upon all of our blessings over the past year. It is truly an entire season of thanksgiving, when we can consider the things in our lives that we are thankful for and perhaps even take for granted throughout the rest of the year.

One thing that strikes me, especially this year, is how lucky we are to still live in the greatest nation on Earth. A lot has happened this year, and many will comment on the rising tensions that exist in our country right now. But despite this, we each still have the freedom to wake up the morning and spend the day how we please—to go to work, love our friends and families, and believe whatever we want. So many countries around the world still don’t have that freedom, so I am particularly thankful to live in America.

And on that note, Ohio is the heart and soul of all that is good in America. Ohioans are some of the hardest working, most community-focused people in our country. We represent the American ideals of opportunity, equality, and personal liberty. Ohio is the place to pursue the American dream, to put down roots and raise a family, and our state’s outlook helps to support that goal. I am grateful to be an Ohioan and live and work with some of the best people I know.

Because we are lucky to live in the best state in the nation, I encourage Ohio citizens to give back this Thanksgiving. Of course this holiday is a time to spend with family and other loved ones, but there are many out there who don’t have the luxury to do the same. Whether volunteering at a local food kitchen or donating toys for children in need this Christmas, charity work is a great way to contribute to your community.

I hope each of you have a fulfilling and blessed Thanksgiving, spent in abundance with delicious food, great company, and maybe even a little football. Take the time to appreciate the small things in life, good health, a bed to sleep in at night, and so much more. A Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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