For much of my life, I took journalists for granted. What’s more, I pitied them: they chose a profession in decline, dooming themselves to low salaries, low status, and limited career choices. What a pity!

Today, I’m grateful that smart, hard-working people continue to pursue journalism. At a moment in history when many elected officials embrace "alternative facts," we're fortunate to have reporters devoting their time to digging for the truth.
I'm betting that journalists will uncover the facts that some of our leaders want to keep hidden. And I'm supporting that bet with subscriptions to several news organizations, something I didn't do enough when I took journalists for granted. 

I’m also trying to be more aware of people, principles, and institutions that I value, because taking these things for granted increases the odds of losing them.