I could write a fake treaty with my neighbors, break it, then kill them so I can seize their beat-up Toyota and under-construction home.
Barring that, it’s tough to figure out how to authentically celebrate Thanksgiving.
In the Bay Area, there once was a chain of vegan & raw restaurants called Cafe Gratitude.
I think they went out of business because honestly, Cafe Gratitude mostly serves up very expensive piles of raw nuts and vegetables called things like “pizza” and “burgers.”
Their best attraction was their Berkeley restaurant, the only one left in the Bay. I like taking out-of-town-guests there, because servers act like they’ve chowed down on “magic” cookies before their shifts. After you order your unique pile of ground-up cashews and sprouts, entitled, “I am Grateful,” they clap and affirm in a high-pitched voice: “You are grateful!”
Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful. But the cynic in me knows it is:
- A story Abraham Lincoln pulled out of thin air for the purpose of bringing people together during civil discord;
A myth that we have used to “justify” the fact we are on this land (“The Natives welcomed us here, therefore, it was OK to take over this place / kill them / kill their culture!”).
So I’ve been accused of cynicism before. That’s probably why I like the servers at Cafe Gratitude. It must be great to clap your hands and welcome in every affirmation ever written. I mean…. if I can’t fake blind optimism, maybe I can absorb it through osmosis.
In my efforts to replace cynicism with positivity (see #4 below), I am brainstorming the top 10 things I’ve felt gratitude for this year:
- [insert “home” and all other obvious items here]
My moving body and my health (more about my summer in the hospital here).
Meditating on becoming a waterfall of love, instead of a black hole of negativity that sucks in everything I touch. Okay… that’s not my exact meditation…but you get the idea.
Not having to stress about how many times I’ll eat Ramen each week, like I did when I was 24.
My new little family member.
What about you?
Photo Credit: This food website.
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