Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Why I Am Thankful
This week, I am taking my first full week off this year. My wife could not be more delighted, and I have spent most of today tickling the baby and going for a long run with my dog. Still, I wanted to take a few moments to thank all of you - the readers, the viewers, the bloggers and the simply curious.
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I have also had a chance to reflect on this past year. CNN has sent me all over the world, including most recently to Africa, specifically Chad and the Congo, to cover the atrocities of war. I have seen things this year that I will never forget. They are terrible, awful things and the truth is, I don't want to forget.
You see, it would be easy to forget; to simply come home, hug my daughter and move on with my life. This year, I have learned that we should not be thankful because we have somehow been dealt a better hand in life. Instead, we should be thankful because we can help those out who are less fortunate. So, this Thanksgiving, the lost boys of Sudan, the famished women I met in Chad, the wounded babies in a Beirut nursery and the brave hospital workers in Haifa all will be on my mind. Please know that I am most thankful to be able to share these stories with the world, in the hope that these people get the help they need and deserve.
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