"Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart o gratitude will allow." ~Edward Sandford Martin
I hate turkey. It's true. Well, maybe 'hate' is too strong a word, but turkey is not my favorite food by any stretch of the imagination which is why the annual celebration of Thanksgiving is the one day of the year I find myself as close as I will ever get to becoming a vegetarian. I have to admit, two years ago I had my first taste of a deep fried turkey. I will probably never eat roasted or smoked turkey again. I know I haven't since. What's sad about my dislike of the gobbler is that it would make my weight loss goals infinitely easier if I were to consume turkey as my protein each day instead of, well, the red meat that I love.
Can't we just skip Thanksgiving?
Turkey meat aside, I think it's ludicrous that we have a holiday intended to remind us to be thankful. Only in America. Everyone in this country needs to be shipped to a 3rd world country for just 48 hours and bear witness to the sick, poor, and homeless who COUNT THEIR MEAGER BLESSINGS EVERY DAY. Don't you have more than they do? Be thankful! Do you have your health? Be thankful. Do you live in a country where your freedom is respected? Be thankful.
Not only do we all need to be more thankful . . . we need to be thankful every single day.
"Let us be thankful for fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed." ~Mark Twain
As for the turkey, well, give it a reprieve similar to that of the Annual Presidential Turkey Pardon (another stupid tradition) or, if said bird has already been introduced to the butcher, give it away to someone who needs it more than you. "Why?" You ask. I shouldn't have to tell you. Maybe, just maybe, that person needs something for which to give thanks.
And so - here are a few things for which I give thanks each day. Why is it we all feel the necessity to make this list each and every November?
"The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank." ~Dante Gabriel Rossetti
♥My children (I have the greatest kids on the planet and I tell them how fantastic they are every day . . . so they may not be incredibly modest.)
♥My parents who are simply amazing .
♥My friends - of which there are many, many, many more than I had thought and I am beginning to rediscover them . . . as well as the power bond of friendship.
♥Faith, Hope & Love
♥My job and a most incredible boss (I am bored, but I am thankful!)
♥My 45lb. weight loss (to date)
♥Coffee (nectar of the gods)
♥Music in all of its glorious stages of evolution
♥The Written Word (Books . . . people! Books!)
So . . . be thankful, appreciative, beholden, content, grateful, indebted, much obliged, satisfied, at ease, serene and happy. Tell someone! Share!
"Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for." ~Terry Lynn Taylor
Reprinted & revised from the original post composed one year ago, this particular rant of mine always invokes strong reactions from those who read it. My response? Get over it!