As I sit and write this post this morning, I think of all the stores that are open today with the likes of all kinds of promotions and sales. And today is only the beginning. Tomorrow we have the infamous “Black Friday” and then on to “Cyber Monday” next.
Maybe, with all the promotion and sales hype that goes on, the advertisers and 21st century marketing geniuses should call today THANKSGETTING DAY instead of Thanksgiving Day. What has happened to Thanksgiving Day? It used to be a day when families spent time together just enjoying the day off, watching an early morning parade on TV, enjoying the T-Day feast and just being with each other?
OK, maybe with our super fast paced connected, Facebooked, Twittered world, it’s just the logical progression of things. But is having the world fly by that quickly, especially on a holiday like today really necessary, important, fun, or even healthy?
Each and everyone one of us periodically needs a “pause that refreshes” in our lives. Thanksgiving Day, like Christmas, has always been one of those “pauses.” So in spite of all the whirling and twirling that the world is doing today, I hope each and everyone of you find your “oasis of calm” among the marketing blitz storm.
Find some quiet time today and commune with the universe, the world, yes, and maybe even God. Just slow down for a few moments and appreciate your blessings, no matter how small or how great, how few or how many. The pilgrims, even though their early settlement had more graves than huts that first year, found good and important reasons to celebrate their first Thanksgiving Day.
We need to do the same thing today – it is almost essential. Such pauses, even prayer pauses, refresh our life’s deepest energy sources, and we need that - we all need it.
So my wish to you today is that you find a few such moments to give a heartfelt connected thanks to your creator, your God, the cosmic resonance - whom ever that may be for you. Let those feelings of Thanksgiving roll downhill to your husband, wife, and all your loved ones. Today, honestly and authentically connect with your loved ones, your world, your friends, your God and enjoy the “pause that refreshes”. Then allow your Thanksgiving wishes become blessings for others on this wonderful day.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! -David