Open your newspaper. Go on... War, poverty, crime, politics. Ok, a little bit of quarterbacks and comics, too. Even look inside our own lives and sometimes it feels all you find is frustration, stress, and burdens that seem too heavy to bear. In the midst of all that, there's something to like about a holiday whose entire purpose has become to force us to reflect on what good there is in our lives. Instead of focusing on the negative, we get this day to look deeply into ourselves and find what it is we have that makes it worth getting up in the morning.
There are no "yeah, but"s on Thanksgiving. We don't get to find our blessings and then explain them away, focusing on what's NOT okay. No, today is about the good. We take the time to find it. We get to wrap ourselves up in it, revel in it, wear the good as a badge of honor. On this day, we don't even have to apologize for the good. On this day, embracing the good and ignoring the bad doesn't make you a braggart... it makes you Thanksgivingified.
When you sift through the hard stuff, what do you find?
This year, I find myself especially thankful for friendship... new friendships, old friendships. I'm thankful for forgiveness. I'm thankful for understanding. I'm deeply thankful for trust. I'm thankful for friendship in the ordinary, and friendship in places I never expected. I'm thankful for those who accept me for who I am, and love me anyway... I'm thankful for compassion, laughter, and words of kindness.
And if you're reading this, I'm probably thankful for you.
Tomorrow, when I get up... and it's no longer Thanksgiving... when the turkey has been eaten, the last bit of pumpkin pie consumed... there will still be hard things. But there will also still be good, and I think the good will always outlast the hard. I will still be very blessed... going to sleep with a smile on my lips, and waking up with a song in my heart.
*kinda feel like I should cue the Full House music right about now*