Nov 26, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving :o)
Thanksgiving is a celebration of successful production. The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production. This country was mostly uninhabited and wild when our forefathers began to develop the land and build spectacular cities, shaping what is now the wealthiest nation in the world. It's the American spirit to overcome challenges, create great achievements, and enjoy prosperity. We uniquely recognize that production leads to wealth and that we must dedicate ourselves to the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.
But surely there is something more to celebrate, something more sacred about this holiday. What should we really be celebrating on Thanksgiving?
One thing that makes me appreciate this holiday is that everyone is included, if you have no family, if you are homeless, you are given the chance to celebrate it at a center especially made for troubled times. It shows that people care and people truly believe in this never ending special holiday. For a few years, when I did not have anyone to share this holiday with, I was at the homeless shelter, helping serve up some warm thoughts and some good food.
Now, before our meal, we offer our thoughts and prayers to those that cannot be with us on this day. For me, while I contemplate this, I focus on the reason I am grateful that the person is in my life, not the reason that they are not present.
May you and yours have a wonderful day today, full of love and appreciation.