Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving vs Giving Thanks

my family. june. so thankful for them.

***this  post is from two years ago. As I sat down to write some thoughts for this week, these same words kept coming back to me, so I thought I'd share again ***

Yesterday morning I went to Costco (along with 14,000 other people) to pick up some groceries for our upcoming Thanksgiving feast.

As I was bumped into, cut off, and shoved across the aisles, I felt everything but thankful feelings. People wore frowns and muttered under their breath. Carts were overflowing 17 pumpkin pies, yet their owners were still forcing their way and knocking down small children and elderly shoppers for a tiny "sample" of the same pumpkin pie that spilled over their cart.

People all over the country are planning their after Thanksgiving (or during Thanksgiving for some) shopping sprees.
Spend spend spend. Consume consume consume.

Is this Thanksgiving? Maybe this is what Thanksgiving has become. 
But is it Giving Thanks? 
NO. It's not.

We need to take a step back and just think about what Thanksgiving means to us. If we truly want to show thanks, I think it takes more than a feast with a giant bird on the table and a quick 
"I am thankful for __________, now let's eat"!!

I could sit here and type out all my thankful thoughts (family! home! food! running! cookies! on and on and on!) but what does any of it mean?
These words I type are not tangible.

LIVE a life that is thankful. 
Love those around you and show your thanks for them every day. Be kind and considerate. 
Don't spend money on and consume things you don't need just because you can. 
Shop till you drop? How is that being thankful?

Don't just celebrate Thanksgiving........ celebrate giving thanks, and do it every day.
There is a difference.

Take this week to love your family and friends. Enjoy time together. Savor that giant bird on the table and all the wonderful things that go with it. Be thankful for what you have, and even for what you don't have--it's those things that make us better. 

And always, always, give thanks.


6 comments:

Rania Maria Photography said...

I read this post the last time your wrote it, and I liked it. This year, I love it. We've changed our life a lot this past year. Moved further up north, from the center of a big town to a small house by a lake in the forest. We try to live more sustainable and we've really come to realise that Things does not make us happy. We try to get rid of unnecessary clutter and buy things more responsible. We do not celebrate thanksgiving (or giving thanks...) here in Sweden, but I feel some of these thoughts regarding christmas. It's come to a point where it revolves around consuming, buying the right gifts and making certain food just because we should. People are stressed out and most of us do not feel too good about it. yet we do it because that's how we are supposed to celebrate - it's so wrong!

We want to live life better, different, and the same goes for celebrating christmas this year (and the years to come). Focus on what truly makes us happy and being more sustainable.

Thank you for your wise and inspiring thoughts in this matter! I am about to write about this myself on my blog, and I'll make sure to post a link to this post!

Dorota D said...

Thank you!

mckenzie Sant said...

Thank you for sharing this sentiment. It is so hard to focus on the good things when the world is hopped up on consuming. Last Thanksgiving I was reading The Last American Man (Such an amazing read) while I sat in the checkout line waiting for my family to be done shopping. It was a little ironic and I felt like I would read a paragraph and then preach to the people in the line about how consumerism during Thanksgiving is terrible haha. But I like the message of living our lives in Thanks everyday. Not just thanksgiving. We need to live it.

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