It’s Thanksgiving week (“intermission” in the auto bailout) — so why not help me build a journal?

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his is “intermission” in one of the big epics of 2008: Will the auto industry deliver a convincing plan next week and secure a bailout from Congress?
    I’m not sure what odds Jimmy the Greek would have given, but the professional odds makers (a.k.a. security analysts) say it’s a long shot: In a Reuters article on Friday, a Deutsche Bank analyst said, “Can the U.S. automakers provide a convincing plan? Based on the risks involved, we are not willing to place strong odds on the potential for a bailout before January.” Long odds seem to be the consensus.
    Last week at www.OurValues.org, we had a spirited day-by-day conversation about this important story. Scroll down on this page and you’ll find those stories — and look to the right side of this page and you’ll find readers’ comments.
    Now, like all Americans, we’re waiting for the scheduled Dec. 2 showdown between the Big Three and Congress.
    This is an extremely important news story for millions of Americans—and I welcome you to tell us what you think, any day this week, about this effort to save the auto industry.
    What values should guide us as we decide when and how we try to save businesses?

    BUT — this also is Thanksgiving week. Have you noticed how often “thankfulness” is popping up? I’ve had plenty of conversations about the crises we face – the Wall Street implosion, the pending auto industry collapse, global recession – but most end with “… but we’ve still got things to be thankful for …”
    So, while we’re in this intermission in the auto-industry epic, I have an idea for us: Let’s keep a collective “gratitude journal.” Each day this week, I’ll “prime the pump” with a quote about gratitude or about gratitude research in the field of positive psychology. I’ll add what I’m grateful for, and you do the same by making a Comment. I’ll compile all the entries when we’re done.  

    I’ll start: I live in Southeastern Michigan, and right now I am grateful that I have a secure job and can provide for my family. I didn’t think my first gratitude statement would be so materialistic, but I’ve witnessed the suffering of my students who are employees of the auto industry and that’s the first thing that came to mind. So I wrote it.
    What are you thankful for?
    What comes to mind, first, when someone says: “But, we’ve still got things to be thankful for, don’t we?”

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