A Thanksgiving Reality Check…
As the holiday weekend begins, most of us are gearing up to overindulge on Thursday, hopefully not over spend on Friday, and get in as much QT with family and friends as possible the rest of the weekend. Thanksgiving is the one nondenominational holiday that all of us Americans celebrate, and a time to show our gratitude for all that we have – at least that’s what we’re supposed to do…
Does Being Thankful Matter?
Of course, we all muster up a moment of reflection and give thanks once a year, but do we always really mean it? I mean, heck, who hasn’t had a challenging year? The economy certainly sucks, people are suffering, and there is still no peace in the Middle East – not to mention all our individual personal problems! Is there really all that much to be thankful for? And who’s gonna fix it all?
Have you ever noticed that those who have suffered and been challenged the most are often the ones who are most sincerely grateful? If you think about it, the good times are easy. We get lazy in the good times, and we never learn much when we are not challenged… It is when we are forced to work hard and look fear in the eye that we find out who we really are, and what is truly important to us. It is in times of challenge where the biggest opportunities lie – in all areas of life. And it is in times like this when we realize that being thankful is not just about being polite, it is a way of looking at the world and our place in it.
Carpe Diem Baby!
So this Thanksgiving, after you raise a glass and toast your loved ones, I ask you to take pause and challenge yourself to look at all that you are and all that you have in a new light. If you don’t like what you see, vow to change it. If you have something to say – say it. If you have a dream – work like hell to make it happen. Seize the day- everyday – and be grateful for every moment.
Have a Happy Fab & Fru Thanksgiving!