Thanksgiving, as we know it in the United States and Canada, is a holiday related to English traditions and the harvest festivals celebrated in many countries around the world. Canada celebrates the holiday in October and the USA on the fourth Thursday in November. It is a time to be thankful for the abundance bestowed on each of us. A time to hop in a car or plane or simply walk to a neighbor’s house to enjoy getting together with family and friends and have a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
Simply stated, the term Thanksgiving means “To Give Thanks”. This year, however, we may want to modify the meaning and focus on the term “To Give”. Certainly, many of us in the USA can be thankful for all that has been bestowed upon us, but many will be observing this holiday with mixed emotions. People in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern States who survived the devastation of Sandy and Athena can be thankful for their lives, but many had their homes damaged or destroyed. Some even lost family members or friends. For these individuals this year brings a bitter harvest. If a celebration is even possible it will certainly not resemble the Thanksgivings of years past.
During this ongoing crisis police, fire and rescue personal and others risked their own well-being to assist others. Many lived in the affected communities and suffered significant damage or loss of their homes but continued to work. Others volunteered to work in regional community shelters to help out their neighbors. Utility repair crews worked tirelessly to restore power. These individuals certainly understand the concept of “Giving”.
So on this Thanksgiving Holiday 2012, please remember to give thanks to all those that have already given so much to help others and contemplate on how you can follow their example. Each of us can, in some way, contribute to helping those that are in need of a helping hand. Even the smallest gesture can sometimes have a big impact.
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Max Schroeder is senior vice president of FaxCore (News - Alert) Inc. (www.faxcore.com) and managing director of the DPCF.
Edited by Brooke Neuman