Tomorrow, those of us in the United States will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. It is a time of reflection, a time for families to gather and be thankful for everything we have, and to appreciate and pay homage to those we have lost throughout the year. It is a time to share in the bounty of food and wine, laughter and friendship.
There is no doubt many of us have fallen on harder financial times over the past year. There may not be as much food on the table. Some of us may have to forego the wine. But we have food. Be thankful.
Some of us may have to spend the holidays with family members we’d rather never see again. They’re loud, obnoxious, insensitive, selfish, insert your own word…but they are here. Tomorrow they may not be. Be thankful to hear their voice or see their smile.
There may be friends or family who are far away. those we long to hug, kiss, touch. Reach out and call them so you can hear their voice. the distance will not seem so far.
While tomorrow is an American holiday, I am extending it out to all my friends world-wide…my Facebook and Twitter friends whom I’ve never met but have developed long-term ‘relationships’ with…my non-American friends who live overseas. I am thankful that all of you are in my life.
Tomorrow I will raise a glass and toast you for being you. I only ask for one thing in return: love who you are and know that others are thankful for your smile, your laughter, your hugs, your compassion. And while you may believe you are just a little speck in relationship to the universe, to someone, you are their universe. Take care of yourself. Live well. Laugh a lot, love honestly and be thankful for each day given to you.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.