And today is Thanksgiving in America. What a coincidence! Well...
While it is a good thing to be consistent in these things, I want to believe that our giving of thanks, and this has nothing to do with religion specifically, is not something that we reserve for a special day. That it becomes special only because we want to be elaborate about the things we are thankful for and the reasons behind them.
In this year alone, so much has happened. In fact, sometimes we think we have seen it all, then even more horrific happens and we wonder. So much has gone down in this year alone; from continents, to nations, to homes, and individual lives. But, are we hopeful for a better next year? Oh absolutely. Surely we must keep hope alive? And we should be thankful that in spite of all that has happened we are still here to recount the tale.
I therefore hope that our giving of thanks has not become a routine, like saying ‘thank you’ out of politeness, not necessarily because we are truly grateful for something that someone has done even if it was a service we paid for. I hope that our giving of thanks does not become decades-old tradition that has somehow lost its true meaning, but which we carry on because, well, we just must. That today (and tomorrow, and always) we will make a deliberate effort to muse on gratitude, for things that we have, who we are, even for those events that have unfolded or that are unfolding, including those that do not seem to be in our best interest. I hope that thanksgiving will become something we are deliberate and consistent about...daily!
Be free oh. And thank you for reading.