Thanksgiving kicks off the giving season in a lot of ways. It also serves as a reminder of the many things we can give to each other, a notion exacerbated by Black Friday sales events and commercials that tug hearts, stoke envy and leverage vanity. One would think there are a million things to give others and ourselves.
The past 20 months have given everyone the opportunity –by choice or by circumstances – to consider what is important in life, including life itself. Lessons subtle and profound have been learned. Insights wise and informative have been revealed. Amidst all the turmoil of the past 600 days resides the knowledge of what we are most called to give in the season of giving. Of all things to give this year, one stands apart.
Give thanks for life and living, experiences and loving, health and recovery, food and shelter, family and friends, colleagues and strangers, successes and failures. Give thanks quietly, share thanks with others.
I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving; give thanks.