It is so easy sometimes to get completely absorbed in the world of casseroles, turkey, naps and football in these next couple of days, but Thanksgiving to me has taken on a different meaning at this point in my life. This year, some of us will find creating the Thanksgiving meal a little bit more expensive than ever and a little bit more painful to pay for because of circumstance of the economy, inflation, etc. Something about black Friday, or the “best shopping day ever”, looses a bit of it’s excitement when money is tight and gifts won’t flow as freely as years past. Somehow, it seems painful when we have to make by with a little less or give something up or spend a little less money… Somehow we start to pity ourselves a bit, “woe is me” comes over us as we mourn our falling 401k and think about what we WOULD have bought with the bonus that we expected this year that will be less than expected.
My guess is, everyone reading this has a roof over their heads, a heated living space, and a warms Thanksgiving ahead of them with friends and/or family. The reason why I point this out is because more than ever, we need to be aware of not our lives but the families who lost their homes to foreclosure, the families that lost one or two incomes this year, the families that have been diagnosed with an illness that has left them with medical bills and financial instability, families that have lost loved ones and this is their first Thanksgiving with the empty chair at the table, families that cannot afford to feed their family anything other than cheap fast food and will be settling for the same as usual on Thanksgiving, as well as people who feel lonley and maybe don’t have anyone to spend Thanksgiving with at all.
We complain so much, it is our nature as humans and sometimes we just can’t help but pity our situation. But when I sit down tomorrow for 2 Thanksgiving meals (Smiths & Griffiths) I want to feel lucky that I have my entire family to spend the holiday with, that I have a hot, fantastic meal, that I have everything I need, even if I never get everything I want.
I got an email from a friend today with this inspiring quote. I hope you enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t lose sight of what is most important. 🙂 Love, Aimee
At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.’ Hungry not only for bread – but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing – but naked for human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks – but homeless because of rejection. – Mother Teresa