Today, for most of the seven billion people in the world, it is just yet another ordinary day. Nothing special... just another day.
But for those of us living in the USA it is our "Thanksgiving". It is a public holiday that most people get off. And it is for me the holiday that in so many ways I enjoy the most.
Simple ... because it has not yet become over-commercialized. Tomorrow, of course, is an epic nightmare of consumerism and crass commercialism (and the participation in which I avoid as much as possible).
But today, for the most part, is a collective... pause.
Throughout our nation (and around the world for those living abroad) people gather with friends, family, loved ones. Most businesses are closed (except for many restaurants, convenience stores and some gas stations). People eat (often large quantities), play, relax and enjoy each other's company.
It is a moment to revel in that gathering... to reflect on how we are thankful for what we have... to help out those who need help... to pause in a sacred moment and give thanks.
And so I take this moment... here... on this site... to thank all of YOU out there. All of you who continue to read my articles... to listen to my podcasts... to read my books... to watch my videos... to hear me in presentations... to read my newsletter... to engage with me on social media... thank you!
Thank you also for challenging me... for asking me tough questions... for giving me feedback... for doing all those things that help me to grow and learn and become even better in what I do and help me learn how to be of better service to you all.
For the 6.7+ billion of you for whom today is a perfectly normal day, I hope you have an excellent day. For those of you celebrating US Thanksgiving, I hope that you all are able to gather with those you love - and that you are able somewhere in the madness to pause for even just a moment and reflect on all that you have to be thankful for.
P.S. It's not all rosy, of course. Many people cannot be with their family and friends. Many people do not have food, homes, or the money or means to travel to visit people. Even "normal" family gatherings can be filled with tension, drama and crisis. It can be a quite bleak and depressing time for many. For those of us who are able to celebrate, the question becomes, too... what can we do to help others? How can we translate our thankfulness into action to help those who are struggling? Can we dedicate part of our lives to helping other people have something more to be thankful for?