Today is the perfect chance to reflect on our many blessings and show gratitude to our friends and families—people who are near and dear to our hearts.
In a perfect world there will be no partisan political bickering today when people gather for the feast. In the real world it will be a chance to practice restraint of tongue & text messaging.
My wish for the U.S. today is for bigger tables, not higher walls.
The 24 Hours Ahead
Tomorrow, November 24th, is Buy Nothing Day in many parts of the world. It is based on a simple premise: Buying “stuff” won’t make you happy for more than a few hours (or days). Your relationships and connections with friends and family are what really count, and they are priceless.
Bake them a cake, write them a poem, give them a kiss, tell them a joke, but for god’s sake stop thrashing the planet to tell someone you care. All it shows is that you don’t. —George Monbiot
This flies in direct opposition to the Multinational Corporate holiday known as Black Friday, when we are encouraged to forget about what we are grateful for and go out and get more stuff.
If you want to try something new this year, go for a walk with your significant other, or your Bestie (extra points if they are one in the same).
Give, instead of take.
Call someone who you haven’t talked to for awhile and find out what is going on in their life.
Check in with a neighbor. You probably have more in common than you think.
We’re all in this life together, and in the words of Jim Morrison, “No one here gets out alive.”
- KQED: Bay Area’s Best Hikes – An alternative to Black Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area
- A Billion People | Buy Nothing
Note: Photo credit for header image and featured poster goes to A Billion People | Buy Nothing