Here we are the week of Thanksgiving! Gratitude all around as folks are now doing the 'turkey trot' running here there and everywhere as grocery stores fill up, the drawers get looked through for the just perfect recipe! Still others are combing through the internet as they make plans to launch into the stores for those special buys now that stores are opening on the day of Thanksgiving trying to jump ahead of the traditional Black Friday. Oh what a busy week it is, kicked off with snow storms from the West to the East and ice storms around. The chill of the holidays beings felt by many as they now shift into "the holidays".
The energy is ramping up, emotions are running wild to match with the turkeys holding signs saying "MOOOO" just in case they are chosen for the menu. People are flocking already like herds in front of stores in tents waiting for Friday... the "main event" of insanity once again. Some seen to have t.v.'s in their tents in front of Best Buy as they gather there; I suppose Best Buy is providing the electricity for that, as a mini community has already formed.
Is it magic in the air or insanity of ritual once again? Has the Thanks of Thanksgiving gone by like days of old? Once a time of gathering, of rituals like the Macy's Day parade, great smells in the home made by a kitchen of wonderment as the "gratitude and thankfulness" added to the aromas that filled the senses.
It seems now we only hear of the "Deep discounts" that are soon to be ours, the many ads that have people already planning to spend what they claim to not have to get something that they either don't really need or want to be thankful for.
Perhaps pizza would be a better choice for the day of Thanksgiving, then there would be less mess, those folks could eat while driving to the store with the best deal, in the car and by pass all need to feel relaxed or thankful for their blessings... It's hard to know.
Gratitude, thanks in giving on this day and the days to come, with no thought of standing in lines, camping in front of stores ... Just the ability to be grateful as aromas fill the senses as memories of times held sacred float the mind and heart. Moving from one moment to the next with complete honesty of gratefulness seems a much better choice to me.
Deep discount? Yes on the ability to just be.
This year, our own Tarpon Springs High School Band will be marching in the famous Macy's Parade! You can bet I will be watching, it is a tradition, one that I look forward to each year as I count my blessings, as the gratitude pours over me... I am thankful.
Best of all things to each of you as you begin the preparations for your Thanksgiving, your traditions, your times of great thanks that will carry you through each day.
Walk in beauty,