TO BE THANKFULNovember 24, 2015
I used to avoid the news. Avoid the sense of knowing about the horrible and unimaginable acts of violence that occur every day around the world. These things are happening and believing that they aren't only breeds naive minds.
I was first called naive by one of my dear friends in college. We are still amazing friends and her ability to constantly tell me the truth makes her so special to me. She was, and still is, very wise, cultured. She had real life experiences and struggles with her own inner demons that my small town self couldn't understand. At the time, I had no idea what she meant. No idea of the real reason she called me naive in the first place, but as I got older, as more things happened in the world, I understood. Today, her words have shaped me into an observant individual and I'm not sure where I would be without her tiny insult more than 6 years ago.
November is a month we spend being thankful. That we spend thinking about all the good things in our lives and hold them that much closer. November 13th, the world was shaken by a terrorist attack in an otherwise peaceful city. Just another wound for the world. This turned most of our grateful attitudes to angry ones. A time that is supposed to bring us all together, soon began turning into a cultural war across social platforms. I don't know about you, but I avoided social media for a few days. Feeling like I was in the 1940's wasn't something I wanted to be a part of. Whether it be 1 causality, or thousands, no human life is more or less important than the next. These horrific events should weigh on our minds this holiday as we give thanks to have our loved ones. As we are reminded that in the blink of an eye, life can change. Tomorrow, not even today, is promised to us.
So why November? Why is it this is the only month that recognizes gratitude? What about the other 11 months out of the year? As this year reaches it's close and we welcome the next, we need to accept that horrible things will happen. Whether they happen to us directly, or to a stranger we will never meet, it's inevitable. It's up to us to make each day we are given a good one. Be kind to those around you and live each day like it's a gift.
Thankful isn't a strong enough word to describe how overwhelmed with emotion I am for the wonderful life I live. I have a strong family, a dedicated fiance, and a beautiful daughter. I have drive, passion, and knowledge that the good people in the world, in fact, out number the bad. That we are all capable of stepping up to the plate. Perhaps it took an insult long ago to force me to understand, or growing up in general. I am thankful not only one day or one month out of the year, but every single day I am alive. Is there a better reason TO BE THANKFUL?
I read a fabulous article, written by Daisy, over at Simplicity Relished about Thanksgiving and how it's the least marketed major holiday and how that's the best thing ever. I won't spoil anything, but if you have similar feelings, I highly suggest checking it out.