Gratitude is one of those things which is good to have every day. It is so important that a special day is set aside for that specific purpose in spite of it having now morphed into also being synonymous with commercial sales and football games. Still, most of us associate Thanksgiving Day with giving thanks and being with the people who are most important in our lives. And food. Lots and lots of food.
It is no accident that Thanksgiving Day is at the end of the harvest season. After the bounty of farm life has been put up for the winter is a wonderful time to express our thanks. And take a breather from the labors of the fields. Some of us even grew up with Fall Festivals specifically designed to express that community gratitude with parades, dances, and church services.
However we expressed our collective gratitude, that sense of common thanks was good for us all. We came together to share what we had and prepare for the official day of thanks ahead. We also discovered many ways of sharing our bounty with those who had less than others that season.
This year is the same as it has always been for many of us. We pause to give thanks for what we have. Yes, there are many things going very wrong around us. Should we choose to do so, we can always find things about which to wring our individual or collective hands. Sure, there is much just begging for improvement. But the simple truth is that there are also plenty of things around us which are good as well. It is also true that some of those negative things are of our own doing or could be helped with just a little effort.
This Thanksgiving I will be grateful for the many blessings we have. On this one day of the year, I will focus on those and forget about my failures. There are other days in the year to figure out what I could have done better, how I should have done one thing or another instead of what I did or did not do, and complain about what everyone else is doing wrong.
May we all find a bit of time to give thanks. Somewhere between the dressing and the pumpkin pie, or the football game and Uncle Joe passing out on the poker table, perhaps we can look around to discover that we still have much for which to be grateful. We do.
Happy Thanksgiving, All!