I had a post all written about how awkward it is for me to do family holidays, but I don’t think it’s going to see the light of day. Instead, I’ll do a brief, positive post.
Thanksgiving really should be about giving thanks for all we have. It’s not just about stuffing our faces on a 4-day football vacation, or about the official kick-off for holiday shopping. Those of us living in first world countries, even those that are falling off a cliff, have it really, really good. We have modern conveniences, we have shelter, never have to worry about going hungry and probably a closet that’s overflowing. If you’re lucky like us, you have a spouse who you truly love and kids that bring a light to your life that is unlike anything you’ve experienced. Hopefully you’re in good health and can appreciate all you have and all you have to offer. If you’re a little down on your luck right now, or wish you had more, may your future be better than the past and I hope you still reflect on the joy to be alive. Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment reflects on his ability to be truly at peace when he was living homeless, so realize there is still joy to be found in what may be our most difficult moments.
So be Thankful. Eat, drink and be merry and enjoy and appreciate the people in your life that make it better. Hug your parents (if you see them), kiss your kids and take the [hopefully] less stressful long weekend to have some fun bedroom times with your wife/husband. Peace out!