Today means different things to different people. For some, it is a reminder of Native American hospitality that was repaid with genocide. For others, it’s the day that precedes the onslaught of constant bombardment with Western materialism from Black Friday to Christmas.
For my family, and undoubtedly others, every day is a day of giving thanks to the Creator. We have traditionally utilized this day — not in the mythical “pilgrims giving thanks” day — but as a mini family reunion, a sacred day we share with friends and loved ones to bear witness to the Universe for the many gifts bestowed upon us each and every day.
I am thankful that:
- I woke up this morning and have another day to realize my potential
- I am of sound mind
- I am in relatively good health
- I have a roof over my head and a safe and warm environment in which to dwell
- Unlike my mother, who lost hers when she was just two years old, I got a chance to know mine before she passed to the spirit world
- I can hear and appreciate music
- In spite of slavery, oppression, discrimination, and obstacles at every turn, my ancestors survived and made it possible for me to be here
- Though the population of Native peoples in North America has been greatly diminished, they also survived and their presence is a constant reminder of their greatness
- President Obama gets a second term – that will hopefully be much better than his first
- I can share this with you.
Regardless of how you choose to utilize this day, have a good and peaceful one.
What does today mean to you? How are you celebrating? What are you thankful for? Comment and let me know.