He made it that far before he died! Truly a thanksgiving miracle!

Hey look at that, a ghost AND a Thanksgiving pilgrim, a holiday double whammy! Although, I’m pretty sure a fat puritan goes against everything that group would stand for, but hey, there are deviants in every community, right?

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, promising food and family to all who celebrate. In America, this is typically the start of the holiday season, the time when families and friends come together to share gifts, eat together, and reconnect. It’s also a time for many people to volunteer to help others, offer up any extra resources they can to charities, and be kind to others. It’s a nice time of year in a lot of ways, though obviously not without its own problems. Dare I mention the Christmas inspired madness of Tickle-Me-Elmo? I shudder at the mere thought.

Admittedly, Thanksgiving has never really been my thing. I’m a skinny guy, I don’t eat a ton and I’ve had stomach issues for a long time, and family is great but I don’t entirely fit in with them, but I do have a deep appreciation for the true meaning of the holiday: recognition and appreciation for the things you have in your life that you may take for granted on a daily basis. I’m not entirely sure how many people truly focus on that message and ideal, but it’s a really beautiful sentiment when you think about it.

But I’ve talked about all this before, haven’t I? I believe I have.

I will just ask you (once again) to consider how lucky you are to live the life you do. Even if things aren’t perfect, I’m fairly certain they could be a lot worse. This is not to say that we should not try to improve our lives or the lives of others, we should just appreciate what we have here and now whenever possible. The universe is an immense place and we are phenomenally lucky to even be able to share the experience of living. Try to be good to yourself and others and be aware of just how precious the lives around you are.

I’d like to say thank you, once again, to all of you lovely people that continue to read Happle Tea and support me with your kind words and comments, it means the world to me. I hope you have an excellent holiday season!

Happy Thanksgiving!