Thanksgiving comes at a hectic time of year.  Most people have just packed away their Halloween costume when they’re suddenly startled by stores displaying Christmas lights and candy canes.  Many may ask themselves, “What happened to the holiday between Halloween and Christmas?”  You know, Thanksgiving.

Yes.  Thanksgiving can get lost in the hustle and bustle of other obligations, a mere precursor to the REAL holiday that gives us a longer break from our job and class responsibilities. Thanksgiving is also, however, the only holiday that encourages us to give gratitude for our journey and asks us to focus on universal, human commonalities.  Thanksgiving asks us to not only give thanks for people and events that have brought us happiness, but to also appreciate the challenges we’ve faced which make us stronger and more insightful.

Whether you’re in the residence hall studying for finals, in line for a store opening on Black Friday, or surrounded by loved ones this Thanksgiving, let me encourage you to take a moment and reflect on the many gifts in your life.  May we be grateful for everything in our lives and show appreciation on this day and on those to come.

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