Thanksgiving – It Is What It Is & Maybe Much More

Happy Thanksgiving ?

It’s Thanksgiving time and for many of us our thoughts turn to the one day each year in which we get to share food, friendships, family memories, and gratitude for the many blessings we have in our life.

But many times the myth of bliss surrounding this day doesn’t measure up to the reality. Even so, we should be grateful for the idea and intended meaning of Thanksgiving.

The Myth
Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving

In our fondest dreams we all wish for a sort of Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving, with family and friends enjoying each other’s company while feasting on great food. The atmosphere is light and joyous. We share Thanksgivings past and look happily forward to other year end holidays.

You hear it all the time.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Have a Good Turkey Day!
Have a Nice Thanksgiving!
Have a Great Thanksgiving!
Be Thankful this Thanksgiving!
And on and on…

But will you be happy and grateful this Thanksgiving?  Will it be all you’ve anticipated and hoped for?

The Reality
Bad Thanksgiving,Horrible Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving

For most of us our Thanksgiving photos look like those above rather than a Norman Rockwell painting. The reality is that Thanksgiving is like most days, sometimes good, sometimes a long and dreadful day.

And like most days, Thanksgiving gatherings are no different.  There will be a lot of distractions, weird people, and rude people. There will be people on time and people late, those who think they know it all and those who should know better. There will be dogs jumping on you and babies crying. Sometimes the food is good and sometimes it’s not. There will be those who have imbibed too much and have too much of nothing to say. But is it all bad? What’s the real truth?

The Truth  

 The idea of Thanksgiving is more important than the reality.

Despite the potential downsides of Thanksgiving and the reality of a less than Rockwell day, Thanksgiving is something we should all be THANKFUL for.

We should realize that no day and no one person is perfect and be thankful for that. What is a perfect person anyway and who would want to live in that kind of world?  It’s the variety and differences in people and situations that make life an adventure worth living.

We should be grateful for the opportunity to have food to eat and clothes to wear. Most of us have a home to live in. And while Thanksgiving is generally considered an American holiday, and the majority of Americans have most of these things, there are people throughout the world who have very little of the basic necessities of life. Be thankful you do.

Reasons to Be Thankful – Little Things
Little moments make Big Adventures, Adventure

Be thankful you are alive. If you are alive and enjoy some degree of health, you’ve got it made.

Be thankful for your different or even obnoxious friends and relatives. They have a right to be here and you might just need them some day. By the way, they think you are weird too.

“Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.”  From Desiderata

Be thankful for all the little things that bless your life. You know what they are, so be grateful.

Remember, “It’s all the little moments that make life a very big adventure”, even Thanksgiving.


Explore the Adventurous Life – Happy Thanksgiving

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P.S. Look at both the Rockwell painting and the two “reality” Thanksgiving photos. I’ll bet you see someone that looks like somebody you know. It’s weird but true. Leave a comment and let us know.



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