Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and pause around gratitude, sharing this with the people closest to you. Families come together from near and far to share meals, games, conversation, walks and other activities. Many have the tradition of going around the table to express the things they are grateful for, which can include health, the food on the table and each other.
These practices are a wonderful way to slow down and be in the moment. All of the usual things to honor on this day never get old but rather serve as important reminders before everyone slips back into their flurried lives. And it feels like this Thanksgiving is particularly poignant after all that we as a society have gone through together. Covid impact and the emotional drain of the political landscape over the last several years has been enormous. Things have improved in so many wonderful ways, albeit concerns remain.