Somehow giving thanks felt too woo-woo when I was younger. Maybe I felt vulnerable, or that gratitude challenged my vision of masculinity. Whatever it was, being grateful was difficult.
I was scared to lose the things that I loved, yet I was so spoiled and self-centered that I lacked the humility to be grateful. As I’ve grown up (still a work in progress, thank you very much), I’ve come to be grateful for everything that truly matters.
My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. It’s a day of literally giving thanks to friends and family. It’s a day untainted by gifts and the social pressure of spending. We won’t count Black Friday as part of Thanksgiving, okay?
Sadly, my wife and I are missing Thanksgiving with close friends and family because our cat is sick. Normally, though, we’d have a large, Second Thanksgiving with some of our dearest friends in the world. At dinner, we go around the table – all 20 of us – and say what we’re thankful for. Inevitably, we’re thankful for our partners, for our friends, and for being there at Second Thanksgiving with each other.
This taught me that gratitude isn’t just about humility. It’s not just about vulnerability, and it’s certainly not feminine to give thanks.
Gratitude is honoring the most important things in our lives. And showing gratitude to other people actually strengthens our closest relationships. One day of gratitude isn’t enough for such important people and things, but it’s a start.
My turn to give thanks.
On this Thanksgiving Day, I’m thankful for my wife and best friend (same person, of course). I’m thankful for my two incredibly squeezable pets, and I’m thankful my cat is doing much better. I’m thankful for the new life we made in Portland.
I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful for my friends at Second Thanksgiving (stuffing waffles next year, homies). I’m thankful for three successful and independent years in business. I’m thankful for writing, and learning, and creating. I’m thankful that you’re reading this.
Now I ask you, Dear Reader, to take a second to think about who you’re thankful for, and be sure to tell them.
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