Paul Parillo Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember What we're Not Thankful For*

Fall is here, so you know what that means: slightly harder nipples, leaves changing colours, and Thanksgiving. It’s the time when families get together to eat, laugh, cry, gossip, catch up, drink, have oily wrestling matches, play board games, repair and mend broken family ties, reveal current sexual orientation, eat famous pies made by almost dead relatives, carve turkeys, share thankfulness, and many other traditions seen across our great nation. It’s our way of saying “thank you” to the settlers of the already discovered country who raped and pillaged the aboriginals, spread diseases, enacted slavery and forced christianity to previously content tribes in order to create an extended and international representation of the crown.

When asked: “What are you thankful for?” I can almost immediately think of a million elements of my existence that could make me grateful; a place to live, friends, family, food, coffee tables to put my feet on, etc. But what kind of question is of any worth if can be answered by simply using muscle memory? So I say unto you: What are you NOT thankful for – and what are you going to do about it?”

On a day to day basis, common atrocities can be sighted and cited on a personal level, and it’s flabbergasting what we let other people (or, more often, ourselves) get away with without any resistance. So when someone asks you what you’re thankful for, keep in mind that although these things are wonderful and positive – they’re too easy. It’s a comfort level that can’t let you grow; a shut door to a room full of new achievements through adversity.

Try something different this year when you and yours dearly go around the table listing off why your life is so great (whilst secretly comparing yours to everyone else’s, too). Perhaps invite everyone to consider the poorer aspects of their life while inventing ways to remedy them – that way you can have some fresh and honest reasons to be thankful the following year. And maybe by then, the unsung competition of “who’s got the better life” will end up being an amalgamated effort to improve the more dire of life’s instances with help from the people you love most.  

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