For me, Thanksgiving has always been about being thankful for what things I have, most especially health, family, and friendships, and not being greedy for what I can get. I used to believe that everyone else felt the same. How wonderfully naïve of me. If that was EVER true, it no longer is, and millions across America line up to acquire cheap merchandise even cheaper on Thanksgiving Day and “Black Friday”. Companies, hoping to capitalize on this desire, force millions of other Americans, who are not in economic condition to have a choice about it, to spend long brutal hours of their holiday fighting queues, angry customers, and sometimes even fights.
I am reminded of the mother, interviewed on her feelings about working on Thanksgiving Day, who is so sad, because her children have implored her not to buy them presents this year, but to just make sure she doesn’t have to work on Christmas. What a fascinating and tragic dichotomy- millions so intent on consuming they would forgo their family on this Holiday, forcing others to do the same, served by a woman who’s family doesn’t want consumption, only some rare and brief time with her. A moralist would have a heyday with dissecting those values.
As for me, I have nothing to say other than to love each other, make real priorities, and don’t take your loved ones for granted, whatever the day, the season, or the reason.
Lance Minnis is Vice President of Commonwealth Financial Advisors, LLC. All opinions are his and do not constitute financial or investment advice.