I'm not a fan of the "traditional" Thanksgiving Holiday. In fact, I really dislike it. I was going to come on here that day while the rest of the US was stuffing itself and rant. I decided to give myself a couple of days to cool off, though, so that my post would be more coherent and less ranty. ...Or so I thought.
The post did not happen. Instead of writing that ranty post on Thanksgiving Thursday, I did this:
I spent a quiet day at home with my cats and my boyfriend, with nowhere to be and no belt-busting food plans (just pizza and a movie for dinner, like any other day off), and I made pet toys.
This was part of a team effort. A group of us crafters got together and donated money and toys to a few animal shelters in NY and NJ that had been affected by Hurricane Sandy. The project was called Operation Chew Toys. The 40 or so toys I made for dogs and cats went to Newark, NJ!
My point in making this post is to say that, for the first time in many years, I chose to take my angry energy and transform it into good. I think of it as the Alchemy of Giving.
When I went back to work on Monday, everyone was so happy and seemed so refreshed and upbeat, I ended up being glad I did not rant. If a Holiday makes people happy, who am I to take it away from them? I like for the people around me to be happy. I know what my own views are and why, and I abide by my own standards. That's good enough, right?
I have made the decision that, in future years, instead of feeling angry about a Holiday I find offensive, I will try and put that energy into doing something charitable. (Being who I am, the majority of the time it will involve animals, but not always. I will look to see where the greatest need is.) Maybe instead of "Thanksgiving Day," I will celebrate "Giving Day."
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