The power of stories is undeniable, particularly around the Thanksgiving holiday.
Stories about the Pilgrims.
Stories about the country today.
Stories about the country yesterday.
Stories about the neighborhood.
Stories about the family.
Thanksgiving is a curious holiday, because at its root, it is about thanking God (who the Pilgrims believed in, by the way) and about sharing the overflow (which the Pilgrims did with each other and the Native tribes that surrounded them).
Gratitude and sharing are at the core of the stories we tell each other on Thanksgiving.
But it is hard to be full of gratitude (or even to share for that matter) when there is conflict, strife, oppression (psychological or otherwise) or when there are outside signals that create meaningless internal noise.
The distractions from getting to the root of your story, are a story in and of themselves. But those distractions, many of which are focused on conflict, strife, and oppression, are not the core story of the holiday.
Thankfulness is a story.
Gratitude is an attitude. And a story.
Sharing is a story.
The power of the stories we tell—and the power of the stories we don’t tell—lies at the core of giving thanks, being grateful, and sharing with others.