This past Thursday in United States the annual holiday of Thanksgiving was held. Family and friends from all around gathered to enjoy a feast with: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, turnip, and pumpkin. Others, like me, got up early in the morning to watch the Macy’s Day Parade in their pajamas on the couch. But, Thanksgiving is about more than food and a parade. It is about being thankful.
Think about all that you have in your life that others don’t. Do you have a roof over your head? Food on the table? Do you have a place to lay your head at night with heat? The meaning of Thanksgiving is being thankful for what we have. There are many people around the world who do not have these things. There are people who are living here in the United States who have to worry about where their next meal comes from. There are those who have to live pay check to pay check just to make sure they have a roof over their head at night. Just today I saw an article online where they talked about states with the highest homeless population. Some of these places like Washington D.C. and New York face frigid temperatures below zero in the winter. Other places like Hawaii and California face relentless heatwaves in the summer.
In this digital age sometimes it is hard to remember that we already have enough. Think about it for a minute. Think about the fact that when our grandparents were growing up they didn’t have a television in their house. When my parents were growing up there was no such thing as computers. And lets face it, the usage of block where you can make phone calls, watch television, keep up with social media, and take videos on only came out a little over a decade ago. I can remember being a teenager with texting charges being a problem among my classmates who blew up their parents phone bill. I can remember having a iPod and a flip phone. There was no way I could listen to a watch a video, let alone listen to a song, without getting charged. In other words, unlike teenagers today, I couldn’t do either of those things without my allowance taking a hit.
All in all, Thanksgiving is a day where unplugging happens. There is so much more to be thankful for that we tend to lose sight of it with technology. Technology that is really brand new to this day in age. Being thankful on Thanksgiving is a time to remember what we have, rather than what we do have.