Thanksgiving in the United States is tomorrow, Thursday, 25 Nov. This holiday, mainly forgotten in the retail world, occurs on the fourth Thursday of November. Though it marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, commencing with “Black Friday” the day after, the meaning of Thanksgiving is being forgotten and lost on the general public.
Just the name “Thanksgiving” should be self-explanatory. It has nothing to do with turkey dinners, cheating on diets, pumpkin pie, and football. The idea is to give thanks for what we have, for our blessings. Though it is human nature to complain, gripe and bitch about everything—lord knows I’ve done my share—I have taken a more positive outlook on things in this year 2021. I just want to list a few things for which I am grateful.
The first one, though it can be stressful and frustrating, is my job. I’ve worked there for over seven years now, and I enjoy what I do. Being shorthanded is definitely challenging. Physically, I’m tired from working the last three nights overnight to prepare for tomorrow’s business. But, it’s a paycheck!
Speaking of paycheck, I’m grateful for what I make per hour. I grant that there are people who make more than I do, but many make much less, as well. I looked at my stub from last year at this time, and right now, I’m earning about 27% more per hour than one year ago.
I am also thankful for someone who, during this year, has brought me much happiness, helping bring me farther out of darkness and give me a more positive outlook on things. To that person, I say thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart.
I believe I’ve mentioned some big changes that are approaching. I am very grateful for these changes, even though I’m not at liberty to go into details at this moment publicly. The outcome of what is to come will be for the better, I believe. One change that I have made, that I feel good about, is a change to my appearance. I posted a picture recently on social media that demonstrates this. I’m already going bald, only having had hair on the sides of my head (“male pattern baldness”); so, I decided to completely shave it all off. I still have facial hair, because the last time I shaved that off, several people complained that I looked like I had a “baby face”. So that stays. I really am happy that I “embraced the bald”, as my 16-year-old son called it. It saves me on the cost of shampoo, right?
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”– Albert Schweitzer