A week or two ago I read somewhere that Thanksgiving is an action word. Then I read 365 Thank Yous by John Kralik. Gratitude has been on my mind. It’s one thing to contemplate, and quite another to put it into action.
I’m thankful for many things, starting with being upright and breathing. The longer I live, the more miraculous life and health seems to be. And to be alive on a ball of rock whizzing through infinite space with a lot of other breathing life! Call me easily amused, simple-minded, mystical, whatever…maybe it’s true. But I am grateful to be here.
If you’re a starry-eyed idealist like me, it’s easy to find things wrong with the world. In inimitable American fashion, Thanksgiving has been reduced to a huge meal, parades and football, and the day before the biggest shopping extravaganza of the year. How sad that is. As Greg Brown says, stuff without knowledge is never enough. So I challenge myself, and all of us, to dig beneath the stuff. Go deeper. Find a way to make Thanksgiving an action word.
Have a great holiday, and thanks for reading.