“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.