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Dear Friends, Family and Colleagues,
Thanksgiving is a day of reflection and appreciation for the many experiences that makes us who we are. Yes, we all have problems. Some have health issues. Others financial challenges. All of us from time to time have family obstacles.
However, on this day, we stop long enough to give thanks for what we do have, good bad or indifferent.
In America we celebrate Thanksgiving on the 4th Thursday in November. In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated the second Monday in October. Liberia (West Africa) celebrates theirs the first Thursday in November. Norfolk Island (Australian territory) honors the holiday the last Thursday in November. And versions of Thanksgiving take place in Germany, Grenada, Korea and Japan.
And here in North America, lest we not forget the Native Americans. Those original Americans who walked these shores thousands of years before the Europeans ever conceptualized the New World. In 1990 President George H.W. Bush declared November as National American Indian Heritage Month, to commemorate the centuries of importance of our continent’s first people.
"What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose."
My family will gather at my daughter and son in law’s home in Connecticut later today to break bread together, watch football games, and make sure my granddaughters are well fed! And even in our merriment, I am mindful that family holidays like Thanksgiving can be sad for so many. My younger daughter and I must return to Boston to attend the funeral of the mother of family friends. She died the day before her twin daughters’ birthday. For others, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and/or Christmas are days of strive, deep despair, loneliness, and depression. My heart goes out to those who suffer during the holiday season.
Whatever your circumstances, situation, or expectations, I hope that for just a moment you can stop and reflect on what you do have, what you have achieved and what you have given to others. For my American friends, may this day bring a new sense of devotion and dedication to your family and friends. And before the craze of holiday shopping takes over, may the magic of Thanksgiving fill your heart with joy.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!
Your feedback and comments are always welcome.
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Carole Copeland Thomas is a 27 year speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in global diversity, empowerment, multiculturalism and leadership issues.