It’s something we should do every day of the year, but somewhere in the hustle and bustle of life you can lose sight of the important things.
To me, Thanksgiving isn’t about religion. It isn’t about food (although I’m seriously looking forward to the turkey and cranberry sauce to come later today). It isn’t about shopping (although I’m probably gonna do some of that tomorrow myself!) It isn’t about history — I’ve only been living in America and celebrating this tradition for the past eleven years. But still I love this holiday tradition as though I’d grown up with it my whole life.
Thanksgiving is about family, love, and counting your blessings. It doesn’t even matter what you believe in (I’m still known as “the heathen” by some members of my family, for the record) — it’s just about appreciating where you are in life.
The sisters at Mahogany Butterfly asked me, and a group of esteemed bloggers, what we were most thankful for this Thanksgiving. Click here to read our answers. Here’s mine:
“I am thankful for all of the love in my life. I am surrounded by love – from my husband, my family in Trinidad, his family here in America, my Afrobella readers around the world. Without all of this love and support and positivity, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. So much has happened in 2009 – I quit my job, traveled all over the place, moved to Chicago, experienced my first New York Fashion Week…and love guided me through it all. This Thanksgiving I am thankful for the love I have received, and thankful that I have so much love to give.”
So that’s my answer. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving, bellas?
Here’s a song that never fails to inspire that feeling of gratitude in my heart. A Bob Marley classic from the early days of the Wailers.
Thank you Lord for what you’ve done for me. Thank you Lord, for what you’re doing now. Thank you Lord, for every little thing.