A season of giving

I hope everyone had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. I’ll spare you all the clichés that get around more than Paris Hilton – but I do want to say a couple things.

The origin of Thanksgiving dates back to 1621 and is widely thought to have started at the site of Plymouth Plantation, in Massachusetts. The Wampanoag Native Americans helped the pilgrims who arrived in Massachusetts cultivate the land and fish, saving them from starvation and leading to a bountiful harvest.

Hooray for the the Wampanoag tribe! Hooray for the Pilgrims! Hooray for the harvest! Double Hooray for Thanksgiving!!

Since most (if not all) of us are no longer farmers and our “harvest” consists of going to the supermarket and buying a turkey we need to find something else to be thankful for on Thanksgiving.

Now, I want to say that being “thankful on Thanksgiving” is like giving someone a present on their birthday – it’s expected, it’s almost obligatory, it’s lame. (It’s lame because there should not NEED to be a holiday to remind us to give thanks but hey – whatever works).

We have the luxury of going to the store and buying our Thanksgiving food needs. But where did that luxury come from? Sure our parents are hard workers and I’m sure their parents worked hard. And I’m sure we have worked hard in school, in our current job or wherever we needed to earn the luxury of buying our Thanksgiving food at the store. Still, we were given the opportunity to benefit from hard work. But where did this benefit come from?

In short, it’s from our parents. They worked hard for themselves and also to give us these opportunities. But we did not have the luxury of choosing our parents. It was chosen for us. By who? Who knows? But we certainly had no part to play in that decision making process.

As a consequence. We should be thankful for whoever it was that chose who are parents were who gave us the opportunities. I’m thankful for my family, my health, and my happiness, I’m also thankful for not being born in sub-saharan African to parents who live on $1 a day.

What are you thankful for and what are you going to do to demonstrate your appreciation?

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