A Thanksgiving Thought

Post written by Monica Gaylor.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

John F. Kennedy

I am grateful for the accident of my birth.  Well, I was planned.  But, I was born into an abundant culture.  I never went hungry.  I always had decent clothes, toys, and cars to drive, etc.  I was born to parents who worked hard to give me these things and sacrificed much.  I am grateful and thankful.

I am also disgusted by what I see on TV.  People lined up outside of stores in the middle of the night.  Then the news always shows the money shot – the rush of people barging through the doors of whatever store, at a run, to buy whatever “life or death” item they think they need at 2 a.m.  It is shameful.  It is materialism run amok.  This is what Christmas has become.  A once mighty religion bows under the weight of greed and selfishness.  But, I am preaching to the choir here, I realize.

Back to thankful thoughts and my point.  I wish to remind myself that I / we live in such an abundant society that it is a privilege to be able to turn your back on materialism and over consumption.  To say:  I am dedicated to living a more minimalist lifestyle.  It is only something one who lives in an overabundant society can say with bravado and audacity.  You don’t see many people who live in under-abundant societies kicking the gift horse in the mouth.

So, I am thankful for all that I have and choose not to have.  I am most grateful for the choices and opportunities to do things, go places, educate myself, speak my mind, live autonomously as a woman, vote, have laws that protect me, have safety and security, and be loved by others.  Minus all the money and material items, I live in a most abundant world.  I realize, sadly, that not everybody does.

Here is my thankful thought to be sent out to the universe:  “Peace be the journey” for everyone.  I would like all of humanity to flourish and thrive together, not at the expense of some.  I look forward to the day when equality really means equality.  (Equality of economics, choices, opportunities, health care, food, education, safety, etc.)

“Live long and prosper.”                                                                                                               Monica

Paintings by Norman Rockwell.