It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is upon us again. How did this year fly by so quickly?
Tomorrow many of us in the U.S. will gather with loved ones to give thanks for all the blessings the universe has delivered unto us. Whether you’re grabbing one of many seats around a large family table, sitting down for a meaningful meal with a few close friends, or plan on spending the day by yourself, we would encourage you to set aside just a little bit of time to acknowledge and appreciate what – and who – you have in your lives.
This small act of self-reflection allows for a deeper appreciation of all the advantages and good fortune we enjoy in our daily lives. In recognizing the many blessings we share, we are also reminded that many people go without those same benefits we too often take for granted.
Thanksgiving is also a time for unity. Every morning we wake up and are confronted by an extremely divisive chapter in human history. But, despite what politicians and pundits may suggest, existence is not a competitive sport and life on Earth need not be played like a contentious zero-sum game. The human mind is capable of amazing things – let’s aim to use it to lift one another up as we search for abundance and meaning on this journey, rather than waste that tremendous gift engaging one another in battle.
Come tomorrow, you may find yourself seated across from someone with whom you disagree. We would challenge you, if only for just one short meal, to set aside your squabbles – however passionate about them you may be – and instead focus on what brings people together during the holiday season in the first place: our innate love for one another, our shared awe in the majesty of the human spirit, and the unassailable bond we all share as brothers and sisters. This Thanksgiving, let us be reminded of – and thankful for – the one truth of which we can always be certain: we are all children of the same universe.
In that spirit, we wish a most Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.
In peace and love,
ULC & Rev. Jaime A.