Tuesday, November 26, 2013

thanksgiving vs. giving thanks

a quick snap from my run this morning. 
I ran and ran and ran and tried to sort through these thoughts.
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.


Ang said...

Amen! Such a great reminder - it's often too easy to forget to give thanks and turn into disgruntled, unkind people instead...

Anonymous said...

Amen to everything you said! "Live a life that is thankful." Yes

Lori said...

Yep, I totally agree! We show our thankfulness in the way we live every day, not just what we say we are thankful for on Thanksgiving day.

Unknown said...

No one savors life anymore- its all spend, spend, spend, hurry, hurry, hurry. My mom asked me this year why the holidays are so hard and unenjoyable a lot of times now. This is what I think- no one takes the time to just linger around the table anymore. Its all rushing to the next spot. We usually have FIVE dinners that we have to go to. It's just showing up and making an appearance. No good talks, no nap, no time to enjoy a meal. That is not a holiday, that is a punishment (especially with a toddler!) I wish it was "the old days" when you got to take a day out of the field, you savored time with your family with good food and conversation. It's like having that expectation makes me a complete lunatic and I hate that. That should be the norm. Thanks for making me feel a little less crazy that I want a different kind of holiday then this world tells me I should.

Mickelle said...

I swear you're the next Ghandi. You're just so wise. I love reading your thoughts. thanks for sharing. I couldn't agree more

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