Why do we love this holiday so much? I love it because it really starts on Wednesday and goes all the way through Sunday — a luxurious several days of contemplation about life and all there is to be very happy about. And all of this amidst eating and napping and visiting and enjoying good drink.
I began the day gathering with people in my community and giving thanks collectively. We paid remembrance to all the people less fortunate, those in poverty or illness or who are caste out for whatever reason. It gave me a reason to think deeply about the times in my life when things were tough, I felt lonesome, I was frightened, and I wondered if well-being and abundance would ever be mine again or if I had squandered my opportunities and was going to simply live a life being stuck.
The truth of life is as the old saying goes — this too shall pass. Whether we find our life is joyful or morose, it is only temporary because life is consistently bringing us new material to deal with, to handle, to manage, to learn from. Our job is to embrace every bit of it — and learn.
Have a long weekend of celebrating all you have to give thanks for — the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly, it all shapes your character and adds interest to your life.