Give Thanks by Giving of Yourself
In America this Thanksgiving we are caught between two competing emotions: economic anxiety and political celebration. These forces pull against each other, making this an uneasy holiday. But there’s one thing that unites us at this moment: hope. America’s better self has emerged, and we hope it will thrive in the future.
Those are national sentiments, because Thanksgiving is a national holiday. Personal thanks is more intimate and private. While being grateful for the usual things—hearth and home, a loving family, being safe and well for another year—I will be most thankful, in my heart of hearts, that awareness
can still expand. In times of fear the natural reaction is to contract, to retreat behind the walls of ego and petty self-interest. To be able to resist that urge is a great gift. None is more fragile, and yet none is more needed. Reaching beyond boundaries can save the world.
In a word, if you really want to give thanks, give of yourself first.