This past Thanksgiving Day I gathered with 21 relatives like it was 2019. Ah, the good old days when people used to gather in tight quarters for social events, family gatherings, and shows. That all went dark last year and into this year. But finally, even amidst another surge of covid in a year that proved to be deadlier than the one that lacked a vaccine, we were able to congregate, mask-free, eating, drinking, laughing, and just being amongst the living. This year I am thankful for rekindling connections and being reminded of what is and has always been important.
Human interaction got sacrificed during a time of sickness, death, shutdowns, and fear. It was already under threat prior to the pandemic. Technology, politics, and consumerism have been separating, dividing, and isolating us.
Half of the country doesn’t understand, respect, or like one another.
Too many of us live for technology instead of with it. We are slaves to our digital lives.
And too many of us wrap our identity up into what we buy and own, caught in a perpetual and chronic shopping mode, seeking salvation by acquiring one thing or another.
We are more than the supply chain or block chain. Unshackle yourselves and look away from your tethered devices and coping addictions, and see that real-life human beings are here to give and receive love, friendship, and moments of touch.
2021 should be dubbed Year of the Human. Welcome back to people, with warts and foibles, beauty and laughter, and above all, companionship.
We went around the room this Thanksgiving to say what we are thankful for. I said I was thankful for having the opportunity to entertain — and be entertained by my family (wife and two teens), and that every day is a gift with no receipt.
I am also thankful that books are thriving this year, despite a pandemic, maybe even aided by it. More indie bookstores opened than closed this year. Print book sales are up from a year ago. More books than ever are being released every day. The book world is growing. Books grow the world.
What are you thankful for?
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