There is an old folk tale “Henny Penny” which you might remember as “Chicken Little”. This is the tale of a chicken who proclaims that ‘the sky is falling’ and thus the world must be coming to an end. This is due to the fact that a plunging acorn hit him on the head. The Chicken tries to inform the world of the impending disaster and the tale, through many adaptations, has garnered various endings…the moral of the story changes depending on the version you might be reading and I will leave you determine for yourself whether it is a happy or dubious ending. As of this writing, many people may be feeling that the ‘sky is falling’ as so many ideals have been on a collision course for so long. So much has happened this year, so many events both good and disconcerting that have contributed to shaping our every day existence.
I just got back from a trip to the U.K. where we paid our final respects to a beloved member of our family. It was an all too sudden trip which gave us no warning and shocked our world. As a family we gathered, we laughed, we cried, we took long walks, one in a snow flurry. This was a meditative time which really caused me to think about things that are important to me, to appreciate what I have…it forced me to slow down and to turn off the clatter.
I couldn’t be more grateful that the Thanksgiving Holiday is upon us…this is the sanctuary I need right now. Sometimes it is very hard to stop the noise, to take a step back and reflect, to really be in the moment. Now I can do it…I can be with family and friends and just be together. It will not matter to me which side of the political velvet rope you stand. It will not matter to me your skin color, religious beliefs, gender identification, or way in which you choose to cook your turkey! Let’s just be kind to one another, even if only for one day. Maybe this simple act will go ‘viral’ in a world of instant access…wouldn’t that be great!!