Thursday, November 24, 2005

Another Holiday

Today is Thanksgiving.

Depending on who you are, this holiday is a good one or a bad one.

There are some people who are adamant about recognizing that this holiday celebrates all that is evil about those who conquer and pillage. Others think of it as the celebration of perseverance and new beginnings.

Of course we know that this holiday is all about eating to full, sports and shopping (and oh yeah maybe family). At least that's what I have known this holiday to be.

I would like to see a return to people really being thankful-for the little things as well as the big. We should be doing this everyday but the crushing wheels of life get in the way. We do forget that we should be thankful for what we have and not for what we think we should have.

The holiday seasons are known for their excess. There once upon a time was some magical bar that was set as the standard and we are judged severely by it. The turkey is supposed to be a certain size, the presents are supposed to be a certain type. Being happy to be healthy and to have community-even with oneself-got lost somewhere.

Some people are rebelling. They are putting the "thanks-giving" back into Thanksgiving. I am one of them. I hope that there are others.

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