Just a couple of thoughts.
And, well, giving.
And this one will be different from me, well, because instead of celebrating independence I am going to suggest maybe we give thanks for dependence. Yup. Dependence. But healthy dependence.
“On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence.” ~William Jennings Bryan
I think maybe it is one day we should celebrate dependence on friends and great company and those around us who help life not only be bearable … but good and productive.
Maybe we should celebrate the fact we don’t, and honestly cannot, be happy and successful in life solely by being independent. Life is meant to be dependent upon others in some form or fashion. We are social beings. No social and, well, I don’t know what you are (other than maybe a hermit).
Today celebrate those you are dependent upon for being a better person. Those who walk the way with you.
Once again I will take a different path to giving … so this isn’t about giving to others … this is a selfish giving.
Maybe on thanksgiving, after contemplating thanks for those we are dependent upon, we are selfish and give ourselves a good dose of hope.
Yup. Maybe we should use his day to give ourselves a little hope.
At minimum, no matter how you celebrate or don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, remember this …
Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings. ~J. Robert Moskin
It is just one day in a year.
Sometimes individual days can serve to be good reminders for all the rest of the days. “At whatever straws you must grasp” … those six words remind us that sometimes you need to seek out hope on your own. So maybe the day is a reflection on new beginnings and hope for what comes next.
Take a minute and grab a big plate of hope. And give thanks to those around you that you depend on.