Today is Thanksgiving, a holiday when many of us will get together with family and friends to share good food and drink. Besides enjoying the occasion, we should take some time to reflect upon our lives and consider everything for which we should be thankful.
Yes, this year has likely been tough for many of us, especially economically. There are plenty of changes we wish would occur, from greater employment to lower costs for many essentials. But, if we are honest about our lives, we will realize how much worse it could be, and that we do have much for which we should give thanks. That should be our focus today, the positive aspects of our lives, and save the complaining and criticizing for another time. Savoring the positive in our lives can brighten the darker parts of our lives, and place everything in perspective.
No matter the problems with the U.S., we still live in a great country and for that I am thankful. I am also very thankful for many other things in my life, including family, friends, health, and much more. It would take too long to list every single thing here, but I will take the time to reflect upon them today. I fervently hope that everyone else does the same, rather than dwelling on the negative. Share your positive feelings with your family and friends. Tell them that you love them, thank them for being in your life. It may be corny, but a hug and kind words can mean so very much.
I am going to enjoy such tasty food and plenty of good wine and sake today, but I will remember that today is about more than the feasting. It is primarily a time for thanks, for all the good that is in our lives, and for being with the people we care about.
Happy Thanksgiving To All!