When I was younger I thought Thanksgiving was about being grateful for the things and people in my life. Today, at 65, I am still grateful for those things, but I most appreciate the “purpose” which now drives my life. I give thanks to God for leading me here; rather than to wealth and possessions.
It should be obvious to all that 2014 has not been a good year for many people. While banks and corporations flourish, many of our neighbors go hungry and have become homeless. For way too many, 2014 has not been fun or full of abundance. This does not mean that Thanksgiving has lost its relevance.
Last night I was chatting with a friend online. She explained that as a result of cancer treatments she was experiencing excruciating leg pain. I responded:
I am sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I hope things improve soon. On TV tonight they talked about Justice Ginsburg and said she pulled an all-nighter writing a dissenting opinion. Living life is not always fun, but is always a great gift.
She wrote back: “I agree … life is a gift. Have a great Thanksgiving and thank you for the chat.”
The greatest gift life bestows is not possessions or happiness or people. It is consciousness. Being awake; being alive; being able to feel. I know from my own life that sometimes consciousness can hurt as a result of depression or pain to the point where it seems an anchor, rather than the gift it is.
Do not be fooled by your sadness or anger or hunger or poverty; each and every one of us has a purpose. And having a purpose is far more important than having a job or money. The days of ownership of everything by a few must and will end. Money and materialism will not continue to be the standard by which achievement is judged.
As I look at my world this Thanksgiving day, 2014, I am most grateful to be one person in a growing movement of people destined to make this world more just and to punish those elites which have abused the people. It is to achievement of this purpose that I intend to devote the rest of my life.