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The new year is just around the corner and it’s always a good time to reflect on all the good things we have. It’s been a tough year for many people around the world and that only shows just how much for which we have to be thankful.

We only have to consider the poor people of the Philippines or those fleeing the slaughter in Syria or millions of others in misery to know that we live in a utopia by comparison.

We grumble when the first day of the year ushers in new or higher taxes, but in reality, those are things provide only a minor glitch in our lives.

Not everything is perfect in Canada, but it comes as close as any country anywhere around the globe. With few exceptions, international surveys and studies never fail to put our country in the top 10 on the positive side of everything.

Collectively, we are far too complacent when it comes to our standard of living.

Think of all the people who endure almost anything to get permission to leave everything they have known all their lives to become Canadians. Many of us can’t even manage to find the time to go vote when the opportunity presents itself.

We don’t have to wade through armed soldiers or dodge bullets to mark our X, but too often half of us who are eligible would rather sit at home than exercise our right to vote in secret and choose freely who will run our public affairs.

This is the time of the year for making resolutions and while we’re resolving to quit smoking, lose weight or exercise more, maybe we should promise ourselves we will take a few moments every now and then to appreciate the bounty we have all around us.

Geographic location: Philippines, Syria, Canada

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