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Daily Gratitude

By Danielleabroad @danielleabroad
Thanksgiving has always been my absolute favorite holiday.  daily gratitude It's not because of the morning Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, or the afternoon NFL football game, or the following Black Friday. daily gratitude It's not even because of the food... although I do adore baked brie, crusty french bread, oven roasted turkey, crisp green beans, sweet potatoes, braised cabbage, my aunt's salad, my mom's stuffing, and my sister's apple pie.
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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because of what it means: a day spent with family and loved ones, a day to remind us that it matters not what we want for Christmas (in my case), nor hope for in the New Year, but what we already have. daily gratitude
I literally jumped out of bed with glee this past Thanksgiving day. I made myself breakfast, helped my roommates prepare for their own dinner with friends, toasted to being thankful with champagne, met my family across town for our annual Thanksgiving feast, came back to my apartment just in time for dessert and Buzzword, and wrapped up the night with dancing at a bar a few blocks away. daily gratitude These past few years haven't just been plentiful in uncertainties, but in pure joy, exciting opportunities, and inspiring support as well. And even if I were to focus on recognizing life's generosity each and every day, it still probably wouldn't be enough. So, like Jess, I also took Seth's Thanksgiving words to heart:
A great way to give thanks...

for the privileges we've got, is to do important work.

Your job, your internet access, your education, your role in a civilized society... all of them are a platform, a chance to do art, a way for you to give back and to honor those that enabled you to get to this point.

For every person reading this there are a thousand people (literally a thousand) in underprivileged nations and situations that would love to have your slot. Don't waste it.

Whether or not you are an American that recognizes this favorite holiday of mine, I hope you too will be able to take something away from them.

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