When it comes down to it, I've never really been a huge fan of the holidays. First, they're really just an excuse to take time off of work to spend time with those you've failed to make time for during the off season. Second, the monotonous daily grind of life doesn't recognize them (i.e. the stresses of the world don't stop so you can stuff your belly with turkey). And Third, any an all significance inherent in each holiday has all but died off over the years.
Take today for example. We all gather and talk about what we're 'so thankful for', yet we just take it all for granted the other 364 days of the year. What's the point? Well, it occurred to me this morning that maybe that is the point. We're all so busy with our lives that we never seem to make time to sit down and reflect on the things we really are thankful for. Maybe we really do need another 'pointless' holiday to force us to stop, even if only for a moment, and reflect on the things we really are thankful for.
So what am I thankful for? One of the problems for me is that I'm such a cynic. I often focus on the obstacles standing in the way of the things that I want. Because of this viewpoint, I sometimes forget how amazing what I have is. So I guess what I'm really thankful for is the little things; the bits and pieces. I'm thankful for every little piece of this little puzzle called life. Sure, the final product is far from complete, but it's coming together quite nicely.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope you have a wonderful day and I hope you stop for a moment and find something to be thankful for.
posted by Christopher Schnese