Thursday, November 22, 2007

A Thanksgiving Day Editors Note

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all.

I love this holiday, for the namesake and the tradition that it has come to embody; getting the family together, sharing a meal, getting the home ready for company. It involves no secular worship, nor any frivolous gift giving, it does not celebrate any single individual, nor honor any war or conquest (as many holidays do). Its morally questionable historical context has nearly been lost in the memory of the masses. It is a feel good day for most of us...especially those of us with a roof over our head, and food to serve our family, or for that matter - those of us who are blessed enough to even have a family. I like this day very much because in principle what it asks you to do is stand in gratitude.

What a wonderful idea it is to dedicate a day to this important principle, even though gratitude is something we should practice daily, moment to moment. I wish we had a "Judgement-Free Day" and a "Generosity Day" or how about an "Empathy Day." Holidays that celebrate the best of who we are at our core, or who we can become, are far more meaningful than say holidays celebrating dead presidents and the labor force (neither of which, anyone truly "celebrates.").

Today I will spend the day with my family. I will give thanks for the opportunity and the honor of having each of them in my life. Every moment I have with them is a blessing. I will give thanks for the food on the table and the peace outside my own immediate front door. I will be thankful for my ability to realize these and many other things to be thankful for today, and ask that tomorrow will be no different. And in that thanks I will also think of all those who have so very much less and in so many ways, and pray that we can all as a human community figure out how to help that part of our global family - all our family members who will go hungry today, and who will not know the warmth and joy that will fill many of our homes.

I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. I thank you for coming here and visiting The Lohasian. I hope that this special day will be joyful for you and your family.

With Warm Wishes,

"To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude."
--Albert Schweitzer

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