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Thanksgiving – My Favorite Holiday

We can learn a lot from the lessons of Thanksgiving. I’m not going to back-story this post with a bunch of historical mishmash. You can find all that here. There are a lot of holidays in the world. Not everyone in the world has a Thanksgiving, but some may have something close. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is that it’s not tied to some religious event. It’s not about one person. It’s not focused on the past. It’s not focused on the future. It’s focused on now. We make Thanksgiving ours. Thanksgiving is about love and compassion. Thanksgiving is about being thankful for what we have and not giving a damn about what we don’t have. Thanksgiving is about spending time with family, those who aren’t yet officially family, and most importantly with people you care about.

An iconic Thanksgiving

What is it we really need in life? A lot of people ask that question. We can look at Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, and at the base, with some of my other important things, is food. It helps, in my book at least, that Thanksgiving involves food. I love food. Thanksgiving brings all my favorite heart-warming foods together in one feast. But more than that, at Thanksgiving we eat together. If you can take time out, look around, and realize that there are people in your life that you care about, and there are people in your life that care about you, well then Thanksgiving gives just about all you need in life. We can learn a lot from the lessons of Thanksgiving.

Can't we all just get along?

Life is nothing but the experiences we share. If we spent more time making those experiences that we share positive and good, we’d all be in a much better place. If we opened our hearts and minds, taking a moment to stop and realize how much we do have instead of worrying about what we don’t or won’t have, our lives would that much richer. No one is saying it doesn’t take hard work to get there, but what in life isn’t made better by investing in something we care about? If I’ve said it once, I have said it a million times, and I’ll say it a million more —

We can learn a lot from the lessons of Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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November 25, 2009 at 11:38 AM 1 comment


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