Because we often ignore the blessings that surround us every day, we rely on one single day a year to truly reflect upon all we have to be thankful for in life. And though Thanksgiving has now become an extension of Black Friday thanks to a society that values material goods (and money) above all else, this holiday is not about what we are thankful for, but whom.
Things come and go. Cars break down, foundations crumble, sweaters shrink, but our relationships have the potential to last a lifetime. However, one cannot always be sure that our friends and family know precisely how much we love and value their presence. We often save all our appreciation for the holiday season, neglecting the fact that these magnificent people are still just as amazing once the ball drops, ushering in January and the post-holiday lull.
Actions speak louder than words. But actions often go misinterpreted or unnoticed, while words are left unspoken. If you’ve got enough energy to honk your horn at the car that cut you off, you have enough energy to hug your mother. If you have enough energy to badmouth the poor service at your local supermarket, you have enough energy to greet a random passerby on the street. We expend all our effort sending hatred out into the universe, and we forget love needs twice as much care. Love those around you in any way you know how, and love shall surely return to you.