Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. It used to represent a day to reflect upon the people, things and events of the past year that we are thankful for. Unfortunately, it seems to now just mark the start of the overly commercialized Christmas selling season.
The rampant commercialization of the holiday season seems to have taken much away from the tradition of giving thanks for what is really important. Most Americans are far too caught up in the conspicious consumption and keeping up with all the toys. Materialism has run amok here in the US.
Just as I have difficulty in asking for help, I find I have difficulty in thanking the people in my life for being there for me. I think that I don’t tell the people I care about this often enough… or well enough. I am not as gracious as my late wife was, and wish I could be more so.
I am thankful for many things this year, including my family, my health, my friends—both online and off. I hope this day finds all of my friends, family and readers well.