An American holiday

Thanksgiving always seems to arrive at the right time, so we can slow down and truly appreciate what’s most important in life: family and friends. Two years ago I wrote about how gratitude and inner peace go hand in hand, and that’s worth mentioning again here.A teammate from our Sansei baseball days recently lost his father, so one thing I am very thankful for is mom & pop’s health. May they be blessed for many years to come.

Today’s Los Angeles Times editorial provided some historical context on this very American holiday:

Though Washington issued the first presidential proclamation, it was only intended to establish Nov. 26, 1789, as a national holiday, not to create an annual tradition.

That tradition started in the midst of the Civil War, when the nation had perhaps less to be thankful for than at any time in its history. Yet Abraham Lincoln in 1863 was determined to tell a fractured nation that there was still hope, and to offer a heartfelt prayer for healing amid the bloodshed.

The editorial closed with this quote from JFK:

“As our power has grown, so has our peril. Today we give our thanks, most of all, for the ideals of honor and faith we inherit from our forefathers — for the decency of purpose, steadfastness of resolve and strength of will, for the courage and the humility, which they possessed and which we must seek every day to emulate. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”

–John F. Kennedy, Nov. 5, 1963

Later today we’ll enjoy our Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends at Lawrys Prime Rib, and I still haven’t decided whether to have turkey or beef.

A happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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