There is no such thing as a thanksgiving day in the Philippines. What we have are separate fiestas that celebrate the bountiful harvest and produce of various towns. There’s also Eidul Fitr, a day of thanksgiving for our Muslim countrymen. But no national thanksgiving day.
And that’s too bad because we’d do well to have one. Most of us for most of the year are unforgiving of ourselves and of others, cynical about systems and what-have-yous, and suspicious of our government and that traffic light that turns red every time we’re almost at the intersection. Some even make a daily living out of being snarky (morning AM radio, anyone?). A day to break away from all that will be a blessed relief.
There’s Christmas, of course. But admit it, we’ve come to see it more and more as a day of presents, when we need to give, receive and have something material to celebrate. We need a day when no gifts are expected but there’s a collective hankering to be with family and friends for a feast, a simple dinner or maybe a snack at Jollibee. We need to celebrate a day that requires nothing more of us than a spirit of gratitude and appreciation for one another and for every intangible good thing that we have.
But even without an official proclamation, we can still choose to focus on gratitude today or whenever or everyday. I’m talking real gratitude and not empty thank yous — for friends and/or family (of whatever ‘configuration’), for loved pets and good neighbors, good health, good humor and even that crappy part-time job that’s nevertheless tiding you over. Life is better lived in appreciation and gratitude. Even when you do make a nice living out of snark.
So, how about it? What are you thankful for?
To this blog’s readers in the USA, happy thanksgiving day to you! And to everyone, thank you for including this little blog in your daily/weekly/monthly reading list. It’s been a wonderful three months. The online friendships I now have with some of you are no less satisfying than my ‘real life’ ones and your encouragement and words of appreciation are very much “Liked”. Salamat. 🙂