According to the television, there will be no Thanksgiving this year. It's November 23. Thanksgiving is in 4 days, yet all I see on TV is commercials for Christmas.
Don't get me wrong. Christmas is great, goodwill towards men and all that. Lord knows we can use more of that. But isn't being happy with our lives a prerequisite for goodwill towards others? Just as you have to have money before you can give it away, so you have to be happy, before you can make others happy.
Thanksgiving is about happiness. It's about achieving your values and taking a day to contemplate the process, to give thanks for a universe where achieving your goals is possible.
And just as placing altruism higher than capitalism on a moral scale has impoverished most of the world, so promoting Christmas over Thanksgiving year after year has lead to a poverty of spirit, not only at Christmas, but all the year long.
So take the trouble to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. Take stock of your good fortune, and the goals you have yet to achieve, but have moved closer to.
Personally, we at Body in Mind give thanks every year for girls like Nikki, who share the beauty of themselves with the world, with almost no thanks. In this photoset, Nikki is visiting us for Thanksgiving, and you're invited too.
Feast your eyes, and be happy.