Dearest Friends and Followers,

On this day, we give thanks for everything we have and all that has been given to us. I’ve often wondered why this holiday is glimpsed over. We hit Halloween and go all out, dressing up as something we want to be, and then it’s Christmas.

But what about Thanksgiving?

I know this really has nothing to do with writing and literature, but it has been on my mind for the last few years as I’ve started to consider it. When you consider a year,with the seasons and different holidays, it seems like the first part of the year is making a resolution to become better, maybe to get that beach bod. They spend the rest of the winter and spring working on that bod to enjoy it all summer. Then the autumn comes and the winter, where they get rewarded for their hard work by a literal season of eating.

But we just focus on a holiday of feasting and, some would say, gluttony. I want to bring it back to remembering what you’re thankful for. The joke of Thanksgiving is you have to spend time with family that drive you mad and make you angry,but who doesn’t do that? I would rather spend time with family who drive me mad and make me angry, then others not related to me that do the same!

I’m a firm believer if you are inhaling and exhaling, you have a purpose and a reason to be alive, and a reason to be thankful. Sometimes it’s hard. I acknowledge that. Some years I could think of nothing to be thankful for…while having an awesome dinner with family and friends who have supported me in tough times.

Maybe it’s not family. I am well aware some families do not function well and are broken. I come from a broken family, so I understand that. But there are other things,other reasons to be thankful.

My theory is we skip over Thanksgiving and go straight into Black Friday and the Christmas season. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Christmas season, but I’ve outlawed any Christmas decoration or music in my home until Thanksgiving is over.I want to enjoy that season and be reminded of things I’m thankful for before I start asking for things.

We as a society don’t want to be thankful for what we already have, but what we want. Being thankful means being content with what we already have, but we always seek for what is new and improved, when it usually becomes outdated or replaceable within the year.

I encourage you: dig deep and discover what you’re thankful for. Even if it seems tiny and insignificant, be thankful for it.

Your health.

Your employment.

Your passion.

Your family.

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
~Willie Nelson

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