People, Nature and Organizations to Give Direct Thanks to This Thanksgiving
It is normal for Americans and Canadians alike to give thanks to their deity on Thanksgiving Day. They give thanks for their families, lives, jobs, and the bountifulness the world provides. However, atheists give thanks to these same aspects of our lives but directly instead of through a god.
This Thanksgiving Day, whether or not you and your family dig into a big turkey with all the trimmings, perhaps you should think of giving direct thanks to some of the following:
- Our ancestors for having been our progenitors and to whom we owe our existence.
- The farmers who till the ground that provides us with the sustenance we require.
- Our children who bring us joy.
- The animals and pets in this world, some of which provide us with food while others provide us with company.
- The caregivers whose work makes others' lives bearable.
- Our teachers, who we hold dear and respect.
- Our doctors that studied for endless hours and work incessantly to keep us healthy.
- Our employers, on whom we rely to provide us with the earnings we need to live a modest life.
- Volunteers from all organizations.
- Our spouses.
- The food servers who greet us with a smile and allow us to enjoy ourselves when we go out for a meal.
- The gardeners who keep our yards trimmed and our nurseries lush and healthy.
- Let us thank our government employees who keep our society running.
- The medical technicians who conduct the medical tests we need to stay healthy.
- The nurses and other healthestabworkers.
- The grocery store employees who keep their establishments well-stocked with the merchandise we need.
- The police officers, firefighters, and emergency workers who strive to keep us safe.
- The men and women of our armed forces who risk their lives for our freedom and to keep our country safe.
- Our garbage collectors, mail carriers, and delivery people.
- The trees, the forests, and the flowers.
- The oceans that provide us with food, entertainment, and even oxygen.
- The good technologies that allow us to live fuller lives.
- The oxygen we breathe.
- The clouds that provide us with shade and rain.
Embrace These Concepts
In addition to giving thanks to people and all the world's natural wonders, let us also embrace the following concepts during this season:
- Accept our eventual demise.
- Accept our limitations.
- Embrace our emotions and our passions.
- Accept and know that we are human and come with all the frailties this state of mind and body implies.
- Accept other people’s limitations, especially those of our children, our family, and our friends.
- Strive for the improvement of ourselves, the people around us, and our environment—without the preconceived notion that a celestial place awaits us for our good deeds.
- Strive for all that is positive and good.
- Strive to better understand the world around us.