Whatever the history of Thanksgiving in your hometown, setting aside a day (or a long weekend) to celebrate all that we are grateful for in this world is priceless. It seems that so much of our time and attention is filled with fear, frustration and, for many, despair. Sometimes life is less “what you see is what you get” and more “what you see is what you look for.” Thanksgiving Day demands that we look at life through a different lens—focusing on silver linings and acknowledging that which is good in our lives—for at least one day.
If we’re lucky, being thankful may trigger a whole new perspective.
Here is one poet’s perspective on Thanksgiving. It’s a little dated, but it made me smile and think about why Thanksgiving is so important. I hope it does the same for you.
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
Gettin’ together to smile an’ rejoice,
An’ eatin’ an’ laughin’ with folks of your choice;
An’ kissin’ the girls an’ declarin’ that they
Are growin’ more beautiful day after day;
Chattin’ an’ braggin’ a bit with the men,
Buildin’ the old family circle again;
Livin’ the wholesome an’ old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.
Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door
And under the old roof we gather once more
Just as we did when the youngsters were small;
Mother’s a little bit grayer, that’s all.
Father’s a little bit older, but still
Ready to romp an’ to laugh with a will.
Here we are back at the table again
Tellin’ our stories as women an’ men.
Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;
Oh, but we’re grateful an’ glad to be there.
Home from the east land an’ home from the west,
Home with the folks that are dearest an’ best.
Out of the sham of the cities afar
We’ve come for a time to be just what we are.
Here we can talk of ourselves an’ be frank,
Forgettin’ position an’ station an’ rank.
Give me the end of the year an’ its fun
When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.
If you are traveling this Thanksgiving weekend, may the roads be dry and safe and the skies turbulence-free. If you’re spending time with family and friends, may all disagreements be set aside in favor of mutual appreciation and harmony. Whatever your plans, may you and your loved-ones reap the all the benefits of gratitude.
Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at NetSuite TribeHR!