What are you thankful for?
This might be the most overplayed question in all of Thanksgiving history. Undoubtably you will be asked this question today and you will have to formulate some answer that will be cheesy and related to family, not that having a family is cheesy, but you understand what I am trying to get at.
Thanksgiving has become a time for football (I love football so don’t get me wrong here), consumerism (Black Friday now starts on Thanksgiving), stuffing yourself with food, and napping. We forget all about the reasons behind Thanksgiving except for that 30 seconds when your mom asks you what you are thankful for.
So I ask you to take some time to really think about it. To really think about the things that you couldn’t live without that have been provided to you one way or another. Think about the relationships in your life and the time people have poured into your life because they care about you. Be thankful for the job you have, even it is terrible, because it is still helping pay the bills and you are better off than 7.3% of Americans who are out of work right now. Be Thankful for that.
We as Americans just get caught up in the consumerism of the holiday season and forget all about the people we love and the people that love us. I ask you to just slow down and focus more on people than possessions. Do something good for someone instead of buying them something expensive. Care about people instead of things.
If every person in America went out and did something for another person this holiday season, our country would be a beautiful place to live in again.
And to my final point. Tomorrow is known as Black Friday, but it is also known as Buy Nothing Day. I encourage you to put up your middle finger to consumerism and buy nothing. Take a stand against corporations and reclaim the meanings for the season back from them. Lets turn it into a season of love instead of a season of big screen TVs and gaming systems.
Have a great Thanksgiving and remember what you are thankful for. Tell the people you love, that you love them and are thankful for them. Have a great day and a great holiday season. I am thankful for all you readers out there.
Happy Thanksgiving from My Mind to Yours.