Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the USA. Originally, Thanksgiving was a day of giving thanks for a bountiful harvest. As I was growing up, it was a day to eat yourself into a near coma and to watch college football on TV. Now it has become the day to begin the shopping frenzy of “black Friday” and beyond.
We should pause to consider how blessed we are. Adequate food and medical care are available to over half of the world’s population. The technology so many will acquire this season is beyond the wildest dreams of the world’s wealthiest few of only a generation ago. Sure, the world is far from perfect, but we have come a long way.
Remembering where we have been gives us the ability to understand where we are. Knowing where we are, and how we got here, gives us the perspective to understand where we can and should go next. Read “The Blue Zones” about long and healthy lives. Read “Thrive” about satisfying lives.
Rather than fighting other shoppers to be the first to get a ???? this season, take a deep breath. Give thanks for what you have. Hurricane Sandy’s casualties need more than government bureaucracy can ever give. So do many others. Think about how you can help those in need.
Jay Ginther, MD