It’s the day before Thanksgiving. Are you prepared? Getting the food, cooking, cleaning the house, and all the sundry tasks included in readiness. Life is always throwing in a curve ball, change-up, a wrench in the works, a sticky wicket, a spanner in the works, or whatever your colloquial phrase might be. As I was leaving work yesterday, my brother calls and informs me that dad going to the hospital. He’s almost 92 and has been going downhill since we lost mom a few years ago. They enjoyed over 50 years of marriage. He was awake and alert when the ambulance picked him up, but was having trouble breathing. Turns out he has blood clots in both lungs. The docs put him on blood thinners and are watching him in ICU. He may spend Thanksgiving in the hospital. Both he and my grandmother always told me that things fall into two categories. Things you can do something about and things you can’t. If you can do something about it, do it and move on. If you can’t do anything about, pray about give it to God and move on. Their example has helped me to live a mostly stress free life. That’s not say I don’t worry about things ever, but it’s usually very short-lived. I’m not here to pound you into submission and make you believe in God, Allah, Buddha, Ganesha, Vishnu or anything else. That is a very personal choice. All I can do is be the example my parents and grandparents set for me. Whatever this Thanksgiving holds, I will be thankful. Whatever your beliefs or non-belief, are you prepared?