I verbally don’t really do this as a tradition on thanksgiving day, since I normally am always grateful anyway compared to other Neanderthals who do nothing but complain on Facebook, then be thankful for thanksgiving for everything that they have, but then binge-shop on black Friday for everything that they don’t have, but complain about it anyway. I carefully thought of what I am thankful for, besides the obvious—such as the Friends and Family combo.
I really am thankful for the gift of “presence”. Why? It’s the most taken for granted motivated drive that among of us have. We overly expose and jolt our existence through social media, and what does that leave us with? --A pathetic experience of each other’s presence. Are we actually at the dinner table with family discussing our thoughts and feelings, or are we unlimitedly using up that data to tweet, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook update the stuffing in the turkey this year? Also, not to mention all the kids running around asking about that free Wifi-connection you offer in your home, I mean—let’s face it, we are all guilty in some way with this. But, I do challenge you tonight before you slice up that brown bagged Turkey of yours, grab a bucket/basket for everyone to dump their phones in and dare those to disconnect to connect (and I have mentioned this a few times in the blogosphere, but honestly—really?) I understand that most of us will be using our extra-limb called the iPhones to document photos, but TRY to remain disconnected to it for the entire dinner process.
So, YES. I am thankful for the gift of presence. It’s a dying commodity; it may well be an extinct form of human behavior, but really—hold on to it. I am thankful for it, because last year around this time, I lacked that presence in my life from the people who truly matter to me, the quality of filtered friends that I only really want to enjoy both from a distance and to my non-geographically challenged loved ones, even my coworkers, to everyone all the way from Southeast Asia, to Chicago, across the globe… Salamat. It’s because of the gift of presence from everyone around me made me realize that the things that truly matter, are not indeed 'STUFFS'.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, may you experience the gift of presence like I did—presence of mind, coz I’d be damned with the lack thereof, but most especially the presence of LOVE.
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