The Thanksgiving holiday is right around the corner, and It's a time to give thanks for all the things that we're grateful for. I am thankful for so many wonderful things in my life, and I'm sure you are too.
Most of us have some material things that we just love and can't imagine life without. But in reality, we don't "need" many things.
In a society that believes we must have expensive houses, cars, jewelry and other material things so we can prance around displaying them to others to prove how "successful" we are, is it any wonder that we have lost sight of what actually matters? It's imperative that we stop and think about what we should be thankful for during this holiday. If we don't, we'll lose sight of the important things in life.
The world can do without the latest Gucci purse, iPhone and designer clothes. No one cares whether you have a Mercedes or a Ford. In a world where social media is king, people have stopped talking. Yeah, I know, people talk through texts, and on Twitter and Facebook. Everyone is talking, but no one is really saying anything. When was the last time you turned off your television, closed your laptop and shut off your phone, to listen to what your kids or your spouse were saying?
My daughter, (who is 25) told me just the other day that she called me, and I didn't answer. I asked her why she didn't leave a message, and she laughed and said, "Mom, people don't do that anymore." Really? Have we become so deeply engrossed in technology that enables us to listen to the constant meaningless chatter on social networks, that we'd rather die than leave a message for our loved ones.
In an effort to connect and network with others, we have become more isolated than ever. There is no real human interaction anymore. I asked my youngest daughter, who was having problems with her boyfriend recently, if she had picked up the phone and called him. She smirked and said, "Don't be ridiculous Mother!"
We are a nation of people who care more about the Kardashians and reality TV than our own lives and the lives of our loved ones, and that's incredibly sad!
I will even throw myself into the mix here, and say that I am thoroughly addicted to my laptop. It's crazy; I would like to have it attached to my hip at times. A couple of months ago, I went on a cruise, and you would have thought someone was taking my first-born child from me when they told me I wouldn't have the internet for a week while on the ship. Are you freaking kidding me? No internet, no computer for a week? I can't handle that, I thought. I almost went over the edge when I found out I couldn't have a phone either. What was I going to do for a week without all my technological crutches?
But a strange thing happened on that trip. Although I felt like my world was caving in when I initially embarked the ship; upon my return, I didn't want to turn my computer, or my phone back on. I didn't miss them like I thought I would. In fact, after the first couple of days, I didn't even think about my phone or my stupid laptop!
The point I'm making is this: This Thanksgiving, turn off your computers, your phones, and all your other gadgets and do something drastic, talk to the people you love. Not over a phone, or through Facebook and Twitter. Sit down face-to-face and spend time with the people that mean the most to you. Laugh, joke and eat together. Share stories and bond.
With all the technology, we have nowadays we have lost sight of what really matters...people. We owe it to ourselves to tell our family and friends how special they are to us. Life is so very short, and as we've seen with the Paris terror attacks, life can be gone in an instant.
This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful, not for material goods, but for my beautiful daughters and my amazing husband. My patients that make me smile every day. The blessing I've been given to be a nurse so that I may help others in their desperate times of need. I'm Thankful that I have food to eat, clothes on my back and a roof over my head.
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how rich or poor you are. How nice your house, car or clothes are. All that matters is the relationships you have with others. No one ever wishes they'd have worked more, or bought more "stuff" when they're on their deathbed. They don't wish they'd spent more time on Facebook or Twitter. No, the patients I've seen in their last hours have wished they could have just a few more days to spend laughing with family and friends and telling them how much they're loved.
Do yourself and your family a favor. Show them you love them every day, because time runs out for all of us and every day is a blessing we should be thankful for. Make sure your loved ones know how much they mean to you, not just on Thanksgiving, but every day!
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? What's most important to you? Comment below!