Admittedly, when you earn a living crafting stories about people and events you hope are interesting enough to command some readership, the battles that take place daily between those engaged in animal agriculture and those who loathe its very existence is the proverbial manna from heaven. But in every area of life there’s room to be grateful for those whose opposition helps us to sharpen our stances and clarify our beliefs—and in the end, to gain some respect for those who think differently than we do.
› Opportunity. Among all the gifts we’re given, I truly believe that nothing is more important than opportunity. It’s the chance to right some wrongs in life, to make amends for past missteps, to forge a better future for all those who follow our footsteps personally and professionally.
When we miss or ignore those chances, it’s also the source of the greatest agonies in life most of us will ever experience. But if I’m given just one more opportunity to make good, to do better, to reach out again for a way to make a difference for those we care about, then I’m grateful beyond measure.
On Thanksgiving, as well as those other 364 days with which we’re blessed each year. ÿ
Dan Murphy is a veteran food-industry journalist and commentator