With headlines all over about the financial mess and how bad the economic is (and will be), many of us feel a sense of doubt about the future. Thanksgiving is coming up, and it’s easy to feel less excited about the idea of celebration when our retirement savings, investments and emergency funds depleting every day. Don’t feel too bad though, because we are all in the same boat. I feel the pinch as well in this bad economic times, but I will be celebrating thanksgiving more than ever. Here are a couple of reasons why we should do so:
Thanksgiving is About What We Have
When the holiday started, it was celebrated at the end of the harvest season to be thankful for the possession that we have. It also signified the start of the holiday season where families start gathering at home with friends to have a holiday feast, chatting about the seasons hard work and reminding themselves that family is the most important treasure that we have.
Despite the fact that many of us lost a ton of confidence in our economy, we as a nation have persistence and the will to succeed like no other. We will get out of this mess and will prosper again. As our ancestors will say:
As long as we still have our hands and feet, years of fruitful harvests will come
It’s About Sharing
While there is no excuse to be out of touch during the year, Thanksgiving gives us a chance to share with our family like no other (similar to how birthdays give us an chance to give gifts). It’s a time where we all gather and be back in the comfort of our own families and realize that yes, we aren’t alone.
It’s About That Turkey
That’s right. A huge part of thanksgiving is about that delicious turkey. It’s always fun whenever someone comes up with an improved way of fixing the turkey.
While searching on the internet, I found some tips for roasting a turkey. Here are some highlights:
- Buy the best quality turkey available (organic, free-range, etc.)
- Cook it breast-side down
- Cook the turkey stuffing separately because it is easier to cook the turkey more evenly.
I love eating turkey. Yay.
It’s Still About the Turkey Creating the Comforting Outlook
Self-fulfilling prophecy is an interesting phenomenon. When we hear about all these headlines, we will stop spending and in effect slow the economy even more.
Confidence works the same way. When we lose confidence, we will not act intelligently will lead less desired results, lowering our confidence even more.
Celebrate Thanksgiving this year and remember again of what our ancestors would say.
As long as we have our hands and feet, we will prosper.
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