The best holiday: Thanksgiving
We can now put Thanksgiving 2018 in the history books. 'Mass Quantities' of food has been consumed, families have gone home, and we all hit the gym to loose a few pounds before the next holiday comes and we do it all over again. Life goes on ...
All that makes me sad. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Not because of the history of the holiday, but because it lacks the heavy commercial pressure that follows. These days, it's hard to tell when the shopping season really begins, but it’s well before Thanksgiving.
There are people that don't have a family to visit, or the means to prepare a large meal. Frankly, that is not what this day is about. I find meaning in the connections, gratitude and mindfulness.
People and connections matter. Maybe its not a family member, but taking the time to connect with those you care about enriches life. Yes, we can live a solitary life, but it can be richer and a lot of fun when you share it with others. Food seems to make that experience even better.
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
I am so grateful for life. We should be thankful every day, but having a day about gratitude and giving thanks provides a time and space to remind us to offer thanks.
Lastly, this holiday is a time being more mindful. After family goes home, I like to have some time to just reflect about the meaning of life, family and the good in this world. There is enough bad news every day.
So, maybe the day of thanks has past, but let's take time to be thankful every day. Look past the craziness of the next month, and remember to connect, express gratitude and be mindful.
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