One of my favorite Peanuts comic strips is the one that came out some years ago just a few days before Thanksgiving. Lucy's feeling sorry for herself and laments, "My life is a drag. I'm completely fed up. I've never felt so low in my life."

Her little brother, Linus, tries to console her and says, "Lucy, when you're in a mood like this, you should try to think of things you have to be thankful for; in other words, count your blessings."

To that, Lucy says, "Ha! That's a good one! I could count my blessings on one finger! I've never had anything, and I never will have anything. I don't get half the breaks that other people do. Nothing ever goes right for me! And you talk about counting blessings! You talk about being thankful! What do I have to be thankful for?"

Linus says, "Well, for one thing, you have a little brother who loves you."

With that, Lucy runs and hugs her little brother, Linus, as she cries tears of joy. While she's hugging him tightly, Linus says, "Every now and then, I say the right thing." ( newsletter)

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