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Thanksgiving, that remarkable day again.. That interval when we overeat, overdrink… and have to unfasten our belt a notch or two to make it through the day.
Well, this is not exactly true. Many people tend to forget that Thanksgiving is the day of “giving thanks” to all and everybody who gave us what we enjoy that day.
It is the time to be grateful for our most precious assets, namely Peace, Freedom, Health, Family, and Friends.
Peace always comes first. Without it nothing is possible. Peace is the true mother of happiness.
Freedom is a close second. Peace without freedom is a charade. Without freedom, there can be no peace, only a truce before the next inevitable conflict.
Then, it is difficult to manage without health. Health is the fuel that drives your machine. Your body needs to run smoothly to allow you to accomplish your goals.
Family. It is sometimes a mixed blessing, but still a blessing. Siblings (if you could choose them) can be a godsend. Truly blessed are the families that have a harmonious relationship.
Friends, the cherries to adorn your cake. Take everything I have but let me keep my friends; they are more precious than gold. Some people have lost everything in the recent forest fires, but that can be remedied. Losing all your friends would be a much worse alternative.
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust
So, Thanksgiving is not really the day of “abbondanza” that some people imagine. It is one of those days when you ought to spend acts of kindness without counting. When you feel grateful for everything that the three Fates (Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos) allowed you to accomplish.
This day, don’t take, give.
“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” ― Albert Einstein