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SUNrise: cj speaks… Seasonal celebration thoughts

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November 19, 2021 Category: Commentary Posted by:

We are about to embark upon many seasonal celebrations: what are your plans this year?  Are you going to go all out and purchase the best pie that you can find, or look for the tastiest turkey the store has to offer?  

There are some major challenges regarding shopping this year. Store shelves are empty, protein is at a high price, and even simple essential resources that we use in our homes have become short-handed.  

The thoughts that might go through our minds as we ponder these celebrations are: ‘Can we make it? What will they be like this year?’  

Let’s look at the reality of the seasonal celebration of Thanksgiving. Although Thanksgiving is a name that often represents much conflict in the lives of Native Americans and those who uphold, represent, and honor them, it touches their lives, as well as ours.  


As we look forward to the gathering of our families, the first real celebration of this season — coming together, having a festive time, sharing conversations and laughter, enjoying food and fellowship, and the many leftover turkey meals that follow —  let’s get back to the basics. It appears that’s what this pandemic has taught us — how to get back to the basic way of living our lives.  

When you get together with your family, friends, and loved ones — and maybe a foe, a person that just rubs you the wrong way, that neighbor that just sends chills up your spine, or that co-worker or church member who just cannot extend any kind of feeling of acceptance or goodness to you — it  may be the best opportunity all year to break bread together, because we are coming together to share what we are grateful and thankful for… all of us.   

GOD has put us here to love one another, and it appears that these  resolutions of change are the key, and possess the tools that we have been in need of so that we all can become more thankful, open-minded, forgiving, and less judgmental when it comes to our personal thoughts and ideologies, and how we express them towards others.

So as you read this article today, the following week is going to be one of showing love and kindness, giving thanks and breaking bread with those individuals in our lives.  We are not really sure what it is really going to look like this year, but we weren’t sure what it was going to look like last year and it turned out to be a festive time.

So let’s continue to our seasonal celebrations. Let’s continue to be who GOD says who we should be as we walk through our lives, one day at a time individually, and collectively as family, friends, loved ones, and maybe even as foes.  Enjoy your days coming up — enjoy your life every day — and remember to give thanks and be grateful through every step that you take today and always.  Take care, and until next time….PEACE! 

c.j, is a poet, educator, motivational speaker, and inspirational writer who resides in Philadelphia. If you were moved by this piece, shoot cj a “like” or comment at [email protected]

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