Thanksgiving: Gratitude

I’m feeling grateful today. I don’t need a special date on a calendar to remind me to feel, express or convey gratitude. I do that every day mindfully. I’m mindful that Thanksgiving is a holiday synonymous with gluttony yet this year, the lines have never been longer at food banks with 1 out of every 4 children so food insecure that they do not know where their next meal is coming from and that up to 80% of independently-owned restaurants are expected to go out of business before the end of the year.

I’m mindful that Thanksgiving is a holiday synonymous with family yet this year, families are not gathering and/or are mourning the loss of a loved one(s) missing from the table. I’m mindful that Thanksgiving is a holiday synonymous with the start of the holiday shopping season while this year too many people have lost their job, income, savings and home. It’s far from being a traditional Thanksgiving this year yet I’m grateful.

I woke up next to my love in my warm bed in my home, hit the rink to play hockey with friends, spoke to both of my parents and my siblings, had enough fresh plant-based food to fuel my next workout, and am getting some work done on projects that I’m passionate about that help change and save lives. Like I wrote, I’m feeling grateful today and if I’m blessed to wake up tomorrow, I’ll feel grateful tomorrow, too. – Rick

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