Thursday, November 24, 2016
Thanksgiving finds its origins in early meals of thankfulness for the harvest. Over the past almost 400 years, people have held an annual observance of thankfulness.
In our modern lives where we are no longer all hunting, growing, harvesting, and preserving our own food, the holiday of Thanksgiving has become a day to give thanks for all manner of things from food to friends and family and beyond.
It is amazing to me how a person can be the glue that holds others together. Sometimes families don't even realize that a certain person is the one who binds them all, and the hole that person leaves will create a void that all else crumbles and falls into, perhaps irreversibly.
In my work life, I often see families crumble after a death. Sometimes this can be avoided with good planning. Other times, it is unavoidable and so dividing that people stop talking to each other altogether. In my personal life, I have experienced the silence of family members for 15 - 20 years or more. It is always tragic when the loss of one person causes the downfall of a family, but it shows how important each of us is to the working dynamic of a circle of family and friends. It also shows the importance of planning and maintaining good, healthy communication at all times. Nobody wants to talk about what would happen "if", but these are discussions that people need to have so that in the eventuality of a death, all surrounding lives can navigate a smooth transition.
Hug your loved ones tightly, today and every day, and make sure you let them know how to manage with and without you. Most of all, tell them you love them, and let them know you are thankful for their presence in your life.
As ever, I thank the Heavenly Father for allowing me this human existence, and for the love I have known and will know. I am thankful for the health of my mind and body, for the time I have with my family and friends, and for my ability to lend a helping hand to others along the way.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!