Today, north of the border, it's Thanksgiving Day.
I totally get this holiday now. All of us living in this day and age are so lucky, it's not even funny.
Like we are really, really, really fortunate.
Like really, really, really fortunate.
But I'm amazed at how oblivious most of us are to our great fortunes. I'm also baffled at how completely and utterly lacking our secular culture is when it comes to having customs of thanks and gratitude. I know some of us pray and meditate thoughts like these, but most of us don't.
Even at our Thanksgiving Dinner last night here at the Canuck Place hospice, no one was even looking for a queue to give thanks like they would have 2 or 3 generations earlier. We all dug into our meals without sharing as a group (or at least acknowledging) how significant the meal was. The room ate it quickly. People left quickly. And there didn't seem to be much afterthought.
The irony is that, despite our fortunes, the levels of loneliness and depression seem to be increasing in our society. Go figure! We all have so much, and instead of being grateful for what we have, and wanting what we have, we want more and more other things, and are left feeling empty.
Maybe it's because the tradition of "communion" (in the general sense of the word) is completely lacking amongst people today:
Why is this? It doesn't really make sense, does it?
So, here's my public vow ... To boldly take a few seconds during the feast-like meals I share with company to stop and share a few things I'm thankful for. Yeah, I know, it'll create some awkwardness, but I just think we have so much to be thankful for, that pausing for a moment to simply state a few of them (that's all, just a simple acknowledgement) will help remind me and my family and those I feast with just how lucky and fortunate we all are.
I think it's worth it.