Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s the time of year when the days are getting shorter, the leaves are finally turning color in Texas, and we have a chance to follow nature’s cycles by slowing down a bit ourselves – at least before the mad rush of the year-end holidays. It’s a time when most of us gather for a festive meal with family and friends, and commercial interests haven’t ruined it because they haven’t figured out how to make money from it.
It’s also a uniquely American holiday – something oddly quasi-religious in the sense that Jon Meacham talked of a non-denominational national religion in The American Gospel. It isn’t recognized as a major holiday in any of the traditional liturgical churches, and for that reason there are very few prescribed rituals other than the meal (which increasingly doesn’t have to be turkey anymore!) and a vague notion of feeling gratitude.
Whether you choose to be grateful by praying to a deity, thanking the universe, or just reflecting on the good fortune of random chance, I hope you will take some time this Thanksgiving and do just that. Science has even said that it’s good for our health and well-being, so it’s hard to go wrong!
Despite the disastrous situation on the national front, we can be thankful that so many people are waking up to their responsibilities as citizens and their power to change things for the better. We can be thankful for the many volunteers and donors that have made this a very successful year for the CCDP. And most of all we can be thankful for the candidates who are stepping up to run.
I also urge you to take advantage of the long weekend most of us have and do whatever you need to recharge. It’s been a hectic year for many of us, and we have a long road ahead until next November.
So, on behalf of our County Executive Committee and officers, I wish you a great Thanksgiving and a fine and restful fall weekend.
Mike Rawlins, County Chair