If I had to guess, most of you left Thanksgiving evening to go get something extravagant, and only half got what you went out for? Yeah, I'm a victim to the holiday "stuff" cravings. But why do we all go for the same trap?
Thanksgiving is, as we all know, a noted holiday to give thanks for everything, and everyone, in our lives. The day after, Black Friday, where consumers run on a wild rampage through stores to hunt down the best deals. Now? We are allowing our Black Friday run over Thanksgiving, and slide itself into Thanksgiving dinner, slowly eliminating the "giving thanks" part all together. Oh, the irony.
I wonder how many dinner tables forgot to say what they were thankful for? Because how could you not forget when you are consumed with the thought of what it is that you want next. We get the papers and are hunting through them as we are cooking our dinners, which turn into midday meals, and maybe even Thanksgiving lunches in order to leave early in the evening for those great deals. When will the consumerism completely submerse the day of thanks completely? Will it push it back until it covers it and we have to change the date all together? Or maybe we will forget that we were ever thankful for anything at all.
Getting new things is fine, in fact is totally normal to be excited for new things. But this holiday season, let's try to remember to give thanks to all the things that we already have, and give thanks to the people that make our lives something worth living. If you forgot to give thanks on Thanksgiving? No worries. The act of giving thanks should be an everyday occurrence. Be glad that you have what you do have, no matter how great or little it is. Give thanks that you are here, and life isn't always half bad. Give thanks everyday. Don't allow yourself to be totally consumed in the gift buying, giving, and receiving that you forget the reason for the season to begin with.
Here's what I'm thankful for right now:
I'm thankful for my health, although not always up to par, I can't complain.
I'm thankful for future opportunities and endeavors, because I've got a lot to look forward to.
I'm thankful for a house, a car, and the ability to go to school and get an education.
I'm thankful for the material things, they shouldn't mean much, but I like them too.
I'm thankful for my pets, who always understand.
I'm thankful for my job, and my wonderful employer and workmate.
I'm thankful for my friends, those that makes me laugh, and try to brighten my day.
I'm thankful for my family, for always loving and supporting me, because that's what family is for.
A special thanks to:
My mom: Thanks for giving me advice, being there for me, and making me laugh.
My dad: For providing, caring, and protecting me always.
My sister: Who has taught me much, and is always there to beat up anyone who would hurt me.
Gabrielle: For inspiring me, listening, laughing, and generally being an amazing friend and human being.
Anthony: For encouraging and believing in me, for being there for me and putting up with me, and making my day special.
And all of you, for loving me. I love you.
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