On Being Thankful
Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, a day in which we should reflect on the good things in our lives and not dwell on any negatives. It’s a day that should give us hope for a brighter future. A day where we join with the people we hold dearest to us and remember how special life is when these people are around us.
Thanksgiving is about tradition and unity. As I was growing up it was always about starting the day watching the Thanksgiving parade (usually on TV), getting ready to visit family and friends. Its one of the very few days you will find me wearing a suit and tie (yes a shocking thought, don’t get used to it). The dinner is about Turkey, late harvested local produce, chestnuts and pumpkin pie. Maybe a fine Long Island wine and it’s the making of a great event.
The last couple of years have been a struggle for many people. We have seen economic meltdowns, more conflicts raging around the world and acts of terrorism. We are witnessing unprecedented social unrest on a global scale, with the world looking for balance and real leadership.
But even as these events occur we see reasons to be optimistic, we have relationships that give us inner strength and we witness small acts of kindness that give us hope. This is the time of year to recognize and appreciate the good that does exist, the goodness that friends and family can bring to warm the soul, and always remember that the light of inspiration always shines brightest when the darkness of adversity is at its worst.
So to me, Thanksgiving is special. I will always remember the good things in my life, my family and friends, my health and a strong sense of optimism for good things ahead and I never forget that success in life is measured by how much you’ve gained…but how much you’ve given.
So regardless if you celebrate Thanksgiving, take the time to be thankful for those around you. Have a Safe, Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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