On Being Thankful
It’s easy to be thankful for the people in your immediate sphere of influence. Your family. Your friends. People who can help you. Your contact list. And so on.
And, to be clear, it’s rightful to be thankful for all of those people and the things they bring with them.
But sometimes, it’s worth a look beyond that. Beyond the individuals who have influenced you, in person or in spirit, but to the influences themselves, and how they came to be. For some reason, it feels like we should be thankful to those things and those events and those movements right now.
So, here are a couple things we are thankful for.
We are thankful for those who said ‘why?’ And those who said ‘why not?’ For whatever reason, in whatever endeavor, these are the basic questions that allow for creativity. This is how something new comes along. Progress. Style. Call it what you will, but without the ability and desire to question the status quo, we wouldn’t be where we are. And neither would you. So they’re on the thankful list.
Along the same lines, we are thankful for those who can see something beautiful in what is ugly to most of us. Possibility versus failure. An artifact versus a relic. We are thankful for the perspective and the progress this attitude has provided for over time. Art is born from this. Good or bad doesn’t really matter. But the creative process does.
These are just some of the things that became obvious we should be thankful for this year. It’s easy to forget that a lot has happened to bring us all to wherever we are at this moment. To whoever we are at this moment. We have all worked hard. We have all had a break or two. And we have all the people around us to be thankful for, no doubt.
But, for what it’s worth, it just seemed worth a nod of the cap to some of the things we should remember to be thankful for, a little more often than we do.