As Thanksgiving is right around the corner it is time for that classic be thankful thanksgiving post. However, I feel at this time being thankful is taking on a whole new meaning… At least it is for me.
There is a lot of strife, hurt, anger, stress, and uncertainty all over the world. The masses are scared of what the future holds. The suffering that occurs on all levels is immeasurable, depressing, and it leaves many without hope.
It is not a single incident that has left many feeling helpless, but numerous and it is impossible to name them all. There is terror in the streets of Paris, Beruit, the Middle East, America, and in so many other places. The world is packed with fear. There is stress, fear, and uncertainty among those trying to make the best decisions for their countries, for those seeking refuge, and for those who are searching for ways to create safety for all. There is helplessness and fear among the physically, emotionally, and sexually abused. There is loss and mourning among many every day. There is bullying. There is stress to be perfect, to be successful, to be the best.
With every bit of suffering there is hope in this world. There is always someone who cares. There are people all over trying to find solutions, giving aid, and fighting against the hurt. There is hope among the fighters, those who go against the odds, and those that don’t ever give up. Where ever there is hate there is someone around the corner waiting to give love. It is important to remember that amongst all of this hurt and strife there is good all around us, and there are those that really do have the best of intentions.
What does this have to do with Thanksgiving?
Everything. Thanksgiving is a time to spread joy to the world. It is a time to focus on what we DO have instead of what we don’t. Embrace what is important to you. Recognize and appreciate what keeps you going and what keeps you strong whether it is family, friends, faith, something else, or all of the above.
Thanksgiving is the day we step back and remove ourselves from the strife and pain. Forget the stress for the day. It isn’t about the materials you have, how clean your house is, or how well seasoned the Turkey is. Just relax and take in the joy of being around those you love. Do something for someone else, find the beauty in the world around us. The beauty is there even in the bleakest of times.
If it is just for this day then at least for this day put aside your strife, uneasiness, stress, pressure, anger, and sadness. Instead for this one day open your heart and mind, and see the hope that this world has to offer us.