Thanksgiving — It’s A Verb

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“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled our light.”

–    Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), Alsatian (then Germany, now France) philosopher, among other credentials

“When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies within yourself.”

–     Tecumseh (1768-1813), Native American / Shawnee Chief, possibly the first example of “working across the aisle” in politics

This week, we mark my favorite holiday. Not the most important holiday, mind you. At our house, that’s still Easter, with Christmas close behind.

No, I said my favorite holiday.

It’s the one we haven’t screwed up. Yet. Major retailers have long been making a great effort to wreck it…but as far as holidays go, Thanksgiving is still hard to beat.

It’s simple.  Straightforward.  We gather with people we genuinely love, need, care about and are thankful for, and we give thanks.

Plain and simple, in the right context, thanksgiving is a verb.

And, if we do it right, and are living to the fullest, it’s a very active verb.

Whether your flame is flickering today, or whether you’re restoring someone else’s, consider approaching the day from a thankful perspective. Some of us – some of you – face trying times, and not just in this season. Tecumseh’s point holds though, something, and likely many things, are better for us than they are for someone we know – so instead of waiting for Thursday, let’s see if we can establish the discipline of being thankful today, and every day.

Let’s agree to take the November out of Thanksgiving, even as we celebrate Thanksgiving in November.

 

Editor’s Note:  The Diff takes a break until Monday, giving way to family, food, friendship and, hopefully, a resounding Iowa Hawkeye victory on Friday over Nebraska. Make it a great weekend!


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