It’s time to give some
thanks. Certainly if you’re in the U.S. today—but, honestly,
there’s never a bad time to do it.
Think about everything for which you have to be
thankful…because there’s a lot.
Think back to the purported first Thanksgiving—the best
elements of that story, which is a complicated one, I know. Think
back a thousand years before that. Realize that everyone who lived
and everything that transpired did so to lead up to this
moment—to your existence and your life. We know all the the great
shifts and great figures that show up in history books, but what of
the faceless millions that trudged alongside, working and living
and laughing and suffering? Most people who lived never made it
very far. Most human lineages trail off and die. You are the chosen
few who can trace their history through wars and famine and
pestilence and genocides and environmental catastrophe, all the way
back to the primordial soup. Your ancestral line has survived
hundreds of millions of years. And now you’re here, taking it all
in. If that isn’t humbling, I’m not sure what is.
But we can be humble. And we can be thankful for the
opportunities we all have. When you think about it on a cosmic
scale, it’s remarkable that we’re even here.
Give thanks and love to your family, friends, neighbors, and
pets. Give thanks and love for your food, for the land around you,
your gym, your barbells, your hobbies, your favorite park, your
favorite coffee mug. Give thanks for the memories of another
year—the joys and triumphs amid difficulty, the love and
friendship that gets you through the weeks. And when it’s time
for everyone to go around the table giving “thanks,” be ready
with your answer and ready to be grateful to hear others’.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Take care and have a great rest of
the holiday week.