Words Are Not Enough
I’ve always enjoyed Thanksgiving. Not just because we get a nice little vacation or because we get to eat a lot of food. I enjoy it because it’s a time of coming together and reflecting on what’s really important. It’s actually kind of sad that we had to set apart one specific day a year to think about what we’re thankful for, but atleast we have that.
Thankfulness is one of those emotions that is often hard to express. We really only have a few ways of showing it. The one I hear most often is, “Thanks,” which hardly amounts to anything, mostly because of the way it sounds, being nasaly at the vowel sound and having no voiced consonants. It just kind of pops up and promptly falls to the ground. But, this is how we do things these days. We try to shorten our conversations as much as we possible can to the shortest linguistic representation of our thoughts and feelings. “Mornin’” instead of, “Good morning.” “Bye” instead of, “Good-bye.” Even worse is the Instant Messaging (which we refer to as, “I-M-ing”) like “Cya,” which is short for, “See you later,” and then, the ever popular, “Luv U.”
I guess it’s not such a bad thing. I mean, we’re busy right? We’re getting more things done in a shorter amount of time. Efficiency is a vital component of success, and who doesn’t want to be successful? But at what point do we begin to lose sight of what’s really important? Thankfuly, there are still mediums such as blogging that keep the language alive. More importantly though is the insight we gain through conversation and sharing our thoughts.
Our existence is driven by relationships. So, at the risk of sounding cheesy…I am thankful for the people that surround me, support me, challenge me, and encourage me. I appreciate those who make me laugh, make me think, and make me more than I could be without them. I am indebted to all those who have allowed me to be where I am today with all the blessings I experience and enjoy. And I am much obliged to the ones I call friends, who have never backed down…Thank You.