There was a funny cartoon on my Facebook wall this morning. It read "Black Friday: Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have." You have to laugh because it's so true and I'm sure tomorrow night there will be news stories of police being called because shoppers were fighting over the last TV some store was giving away for $99.
But today is about giving thanks and taking a moment to remember and focus on some of the larger more important reasons why our lives are blessed. Seth Godin wrote in his blog today:
"In the US, today some people will give thanks for what they personally have. Others will focus more on what has gone right for family and friends. And others will dig deeper and think hard about what they can do to take an even longer view, to create a platform where even more people will be thankful a year or a decade from now."
That is the beauty of this day. From small thanks that the turkey turned out good, to those that will pause and think of others who will go hungry today and tomorrow and be thankful for the meal on the table, to those that will think they will give more money or time to help others in a more sustainable way. I like Thanksgiving - I like that we stop for a day and drive long distances to be with the ones we love and care about to eat, talk, laugh and reminisce.
So stop and think about what you might be thankful for today. Whether you're thankful for your kids that amaze you, the parents that raised you, that you get to do a job that you love, or that there is abundent food on your table or even that your favorite football team won - just take the time to pause and say "thank you."
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