Americans should give thanks for hard times that help us find faith in miracle of America

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Thanksgiving represents a time to break bread with friends and family and to express gratitude for life’s blessings. The holiday season presents the opportunity to pause and take stock of the good that has come to pass in the previous year. But this year, I’d like to challenge everyone to join me in finding gratitude in the trials as well. 

When I was growing up, it would’ve been easy for my family to succumb to the feeling of hopelessness. My dad left when I was 7 years old, and we had to move in with my grandparents, where my mom, brother, and I shared a single room with a single bed. My mom worked double shifts many days to provide for us. According to data, history, and experience, I was never meant to succeed in life. 

Yet, I now know my miserable start was my life’s greatest blessing. Our misery became my motivation, and now I look back knowing that all things are possible because we live in this great country.  

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