Many people find Thanksgiving to be their favorite holiday. There certainly is less mindless commercialism involved and it provides us with a period of time in which we can truly be thoughtful and grateful.
Beyond the traditional turkey, side dishes and deserts, beyond being surrounded loved ones, we may even find the time to reflect and distil an even deeper message from all this. All religions and all worldly organizations seem to instinctively sense the importance of celebrating life through various “get-togethers” and “feasts.”
In the so-called first Thanksgiving in America, the early settlers and indigenous peoples celebrated together by sharing their harvests. Everyone can perceive the goodness in such get-togethers and reciprocal sharing. Since other people have previously written about this goodness, I am compelled to offer something a little deeper for you to contemplate.
Every cell and organ in the human body performs this same celebration every day. Every cell, tissue and organ shares its harvest with all the others. Many scientists argue against purpose in the universe, but everything seems to have been given a purpose—in fact, a responsibility to keep things unified—through giving.
There is no way the universe can be coherent and unified without cooperation being built into the system. In fact, nothing new can come into existence without prior things coming together to co-exist. Nothing can co-exist without sharing something.
A universal concept is being expressed here.
Existence is relational! Whether you believe in a Creator or not, the physical universe finds its order and orientation as though it was being guided by love. Of course, humans can point to all the suffering in the world, but one can just as easily sense that this is against the true order of things. In bad human behavior, we see this as a transgression from rational and sane laws.
Obviously, the world would improve if we learned from, and followed, the activities of all the organic processes required by nature to sustain and celebrate life.
As you enjoy and digest your meal this Thanksgiving, think about all the hidden organic activity deep within you that will keep you alive through a celebration of sharing quite similar to that which you are enjoying with your loved ones.
Again, Happy Thanksgiving!