Today means different things to different people. For many, it is a reminder of Native American hospitality that was repaid with genocide. Ironically, it is also Native American Heritage Month. For others (I’d dare say most), it’s the day that precedes Black Friday and the advent of the commercialism we have grown to associate with the Christmas holidays.
During this time I usually go into myself, becoming introspective. I reflect on what I have and what I have to be thankful for. [Yeah, I do this every day, but I tend to do more of it on this day]. Last year, I wrote my list of thanks. When I reviewed it, I found that it was pretty much the same. Here goes:
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
- 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? If you made a list, is it different than last year’s? Comment and let me know.