Why do we do this? Have we taken the time to stop to think about the origin of these holidays? I could rant and rave about how the Native Americans were ultimately treated so poorly and how Pilgrims and Angleo Saxons totally came in and stole this country and how slavery began in this country. But that's not the nature of this blog. I am writing because I think we have taken what is seemingly a good concept and have warped it into a huge, over rated production.
Why do we wait until the third Thursday in November to invite people over for a home cooked meal? Do we have to have an excuse to be thankful and have a calendar remind us to take a peaceful pause just to reflect? Shouldn't this be a staple in our daily lives? Only God in heaven no what a painful year this has been for me and my husband. I know that I'm still going through some major challenges but yet I count my blessings - no matter how small it may be on a daily basis. I'm thankful that God has blessed me with a job even if I can't meet all my financial needs and sometimes it is a burden on my heart. At this moment my husband is without a job but I have one. Alone I don't make enough to meet our financial obligation but I must continue on.
Most people that I talk to are always asking me if I am always a cheerful person and I have to say for the most part I am. I have my moments of weakness just like the next person when the challenges of life seem overwhelming. But once I've wallowed in my self pity for a while, I ask for strength just to be able to say this too shall pass. By taking the time to actually reflect and meditate, I find myself being able to be thankful for the small things like being able to wake up, dress, feed and clean myself. Then I can take it further and be thankful for my real family and my friends.
All of these things are a blessing because there are so many people out there who would love to be in my position. And when I look at my life from another perspective and not just from what's in front of me, I realize that I am truly blessed. So, I may not have all the fame, fortune, riches and success that some folks have achieved in life. I may not have the perfect body, car, home, clothes, career, education - or whatever - but I'm thankful for what I have. I'm thankful that I'm Me - imperfections and all. Everyday that I have the opportunity to see God's handiwork is a blessing and should not be discounted but appreciated. I strive to live each day to its fullest potential because it could all be over with in a blink of an eye and I hope that you will do the same.