SOCIAL STUDIES Thanksgiving: Come, All Ye Tenderhearted Sarah Sophie Flicker

“America is a tune.  It must be sung together.”  – Gerald Stanley Lee

Regardless of what we traditionally think of Thanksgiving, its history or what it stands for. I’d like to imagine that we can claim it as a day of living up to its name. And it’s a beautiful name, Thanksgiving.  Even at it’s most removed, the name asks us to think, simply, about what we are grateful for and give thanks.  Gratitude in the most basic terms is being thankful and appreciative of the good things you have, it takes us out of the need for more, the dissatisfaction we often feel daily, it is not cynical or material based. Gratitude requires us to stop, take stock of our lives.  I’m a sap and I’ve always loved this holiday, but I especially love it this year.

“Gratitude creates community; it’s impossible to be thankful without declaring our connection to the goodness of others” – Bobbie Barajas. 

And in my recognition of this truth and in the spirit of gratitude and coming together as a family at a table, I want to recognize and give thanks to wave of togetherness that is sweeping our nation! I’ve always been a collaborator; the idea of community, people working together to accomplish something better than they could have on their own has always been my main source of inspiration.

That said, working with others is tough. You can’t have it just your way. You have to bend, be flexible, leave your ego at the door and make peace with not always being right. These truths tend to go against what we’re taught in this dog eat dog world. But the only trickle-down theory that I subscribe to is the one that a better world begins with how we are in our personal lives. That the personal really is the political. If we each aim to practice kindness in our day-to-day lives, if we are committed to helping our neighbor, wouldn’t the world be a nicer spot to dwell? It’s a simple thought, but as I see the peaceful protests all over my beautiful New York town, all across this beautiful country, I can’t help but be overwhelmed with gratitude. “We deserve a world where the principles of empathy, sharing, and selflessness find some way to go hand and hand with capitalism, success, to celebrate our inevitable interconnectedness.”

As I head off to get cozy with family and shovel mountains of potatoes into my tummy, I’m a-gonna leave you with this quote and beautiful film. This holiday I’ll be celebrating where we are going as a people and a country. I am overwhelmed by the connectedness to you all and deep gratitude for being part of this wonderful HelloGiggles community! Happy Thanksgiving!

“Love is the felt experience of connection to another being. An economist says ‘more for you is less for me.’ But the lover knows that more of you is more for me too. If you love somebody their happiness is your happiness. Their pain is your pain. Your sense of self expands to include other beings. This shift of consciousness is universal in everybody, 99% and 1%.” – Charles Eisenstein

LOVE,

Sarah Sophie

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  1. I am a fan of the idea, but I really could have gone without the Occupy Movement agenda shoved down my throat, per usual. I don’t support the movement due to many reasons, and that is a choice I am allowed to make. I just wish I would have been warned this was a “pro-occupy” post

  2. Thank you for a thoughtful post and a refreshing perspective on this holiday that can mean so much — you are right, day-to-day kindness can be such a great catalyst for a more peaceful world. :)