Happy Thanksgiving!

by Rachel Baker on November 27, 2008

ThanksgivingThanksgiving is my favorite holiday!  Its completely secular and its only purpose is to spend the day thinking about what we are thankful for in our lives.  This is apparently a celebration as old as the Pilgrims that came over from England.  However, it did not become an actual national holiday until President Lincoln.  Here in the United States, the fourth Thursday of every November, we celebrate Thanksgiving gathered with our friends/family and feast, eating more than any other day of the year.

I believe we should spend more than just a national holiday or a tragedy thinking about the things we are thankful for.  Those of us who believe in some higher power, probably say a prayer of thanks every time we pray – “thank you [insert the name of your god here] for the blessings you’ve bestowed upon me”. BUT… I’d like to submit a challenge to you today, at the beginning of the holiday season.

Pledge some time each month in the next year to seriously think about the things and the people you are thankful for. And then tell those people (randomly give someone something to feel good about – we don’t do this enough). I can’t help but feel if more people realized the amazing impact others have in our own personal lives, maybe the world would be a better place. I think this is especially true of the strangers that come across our path on pretty regular basis.

Here are the things I’m thankful for today (in no specific order):

  • The person in the grocery store who slowed me down when I thought I was in a hurry, but realized I wasn’t really.
  • The driver who cut me off and made an obscene gesture – made me realize I was already going over the speed limit and well…I didn’t get the ticket.
  • The children that have come into my life this year.
  • All the people who put children’s laughter on YouTube, so when I need an uplifting moment, I have some place to go to listen to one of the greatest sounds in the world.
  • My family – no matter how far away they are or how close they are – you are the basis of who I was to become.
  • All the love and support I receive on a daily basis.
  • The people who come to Old Musty Books and help keep it alive.
  • The ability to hear, see, smell and feel the wondrous things all around me.

That said, may you all, no matter what country you live in, have several days of Happy Thanksgiving in the years to come!

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