Updated: Nov 21
Stores are stocking shelves with festive fare, the scent of cinnamon and cloves wafts in the air, and Black Friday ads are seemingly everywhere. This can only mean that the Holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving preparations are already underway. People are hustling around town, buying turkeys and all the fixings, decorations and table cloths, pumpkin pies, and, of course, libations.
But is that what this time should really be all about?
Don’t get me wrong; having a spectacular Thanksgiving dinner with your family and friends is a fun part of this time of year, but it is equally important to remain focused on the true meaning of this holiday, that is, thanks and giving.
What are you thankful for? When is the last time you gave some of yourself, your love, or your care to someone in need? How do you want to show your gratitude and charity towards others this season?
These are great questions to ask. Especially now, in a world where we are confronted with the worst of humanity - wars, a loss of respect and civility, mass shootings, to name but a few - and yet, we find our lives equally touched by acts of kindness, generosity of spirit, and an endeavor to embrace others less fortunate than ourselves. Between these polarities, we are too often left questioning our basic assumptions of what we believe, our core values, and the human condition.
The answers lie within each of us and our own light to guide us.
When life seems overwhelming, remember the importance of remaining grateful, humble, and generous to others. Put differences aside and work for the benefit of others. Follow your heart. It may not always be easy, but do your best to find the good in others and you will find the good in you.
From all of us at Red String, we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy these times and be the best you can be. Be grateful. Be kind. Be charitable. Be happy. And most of all, remember Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and to be giving.
(to be continued)