Sep 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Recommit to Being Thankful

Thanksgiving will likely be a somewhat more meaningful, perhaps more somber occasion this year.  Its commemoration is more family centered, more focused on blessings and the shared gift of love, more identified with a national sense of feeling good about having made it through the year so far, more centered on the gift of peace and harmony and one another than on physical gifts.  It allows for us to reflect and be thankful.

That may be what we always do, but this year seems to carry with it an extra helping of our needing to be aware what it takes to keep the fabric of our national identity sewn together.  The rancor, among political interests, the abrasiveness of language, the mean attacks and almost libelous accusations thrown against others, these are reason enough for a time of calm, a chance to collect ourselves, an occasion to be aware what gets left out in the midst of our cataclysmic differences.

Get Ready for Thanksgiving, NOW

Keeping the flag of patriotism flying means we need to be bound together by what we have in common.  It means that we recollect our urgency to be brothers and sisters who stand for the goodness of our nation.  It means that we commit to caring for those who have been swept under by enormous change and the collision of insensitive ideologies.  It means that we behave as if we really do know how good it is to be American and to live here.

It means that we think more and emote less, that we take into account the genuine needs of our nation for us to walk in a unity of concord and harmony.  It means that we resurrect a sense of fervor that blends us together in common cause.  It means that we honor one another, in spite of differences, in being the common wealth who shares our energy and our means for making each other strong.

Begin getting ready for thanksgiving now, these weeks in advance of its coming.  Work out ways for it to take on a depth and a dimension that celebrates our being able to be a proud and good people, a strong and resolute body, a principled and dedicated force for the welfare of our nation and all its people to be able to “give thanks.”

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