American holidays make me sad
I suppose it is what we do with them – what our minds and egos and ambitions do with some of them.
Somehow, as time has gone by, we as a society have morphed them into unrecognizable, self-absorbed excuses to do weird things. Not all the time, but most of the time. Most people just see them as opportunities for time off from a job that wears them out.
Easter. Bunnies and eggs. Candy and hunting. Weird. Just plain weird.
Memorial Day. I’ll bet if you asked 100 people what it meant, 95 could not even venture an intelligent guess. It is an excuse to go camping and drink beer. The beginning of boating season.
4th of July. Independence Day. Independence from what? From whom? Again, ask 100 people why we celebrate this day and see what you get. More beer, boats, and camping. Oh, and fireworks. It is all about the fireworks.
Labor Day. I think it is honoring the millions of men and women who worked themselves to death to build this great nation … its infrastructure, factories, and products that made us the greatest commercial nation in the world. I think. Or is it the last day of boating and beer season?
Thanksgiving. This is my favorite. It was established to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. (Details can be found here.)
I love the purity of this holiday…
an opportunity to express our gratitude for everyone and everything. And as we know, expressing gratitude is a very powerful way – perhaps the most powerful way – to feel joy ourselves.
An ever-growing segment of our society associates this holiday with “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” … opportunities for commerce to jam even more crap we don’t need down our throats. You may have noticed that we do not offer any discounts at Bliss Business on these days.
Christmas. Oh my. Don’t even get me started. Santa Claus? Presents we cannot afford? Christmas trees? The fortunate thing about Christmas is that it still brings more families together to love and cherish each other than any other holiday.
This Thursday is Thanksgiving. I encourage you to steep yourself in gratitude this week. Think about it. Feel it. Express it. Resist the temptation to buy your way through it. And accept the fate of eating your way through it.
Kimmy and I are deeply grateful for those of you who are our customers, clients, and friends. You trust us with your education, inspiration and your time.
We love you for that, for you have gifted us with the most beautiful life we could ever imagine.