Hello! If you celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope it was wonderful!

We have so much to be grateful for, don’t we? So, so much.

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This week’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt is: VALUE




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For the first time while living in the States, we had a dear South African friend staying with us for Thanksgiving. Prior to his arrival, I wandered the grocery store aisles, adding item after item to my already full cart. As I crossed things off from my lengthy list, I became ashamed of the abundance. I wanted our friend to experience an American Thanksgiving, yes, but would it be too much?

I remember what it was like to return to the U.S. after an extended period in South Africa. The abundance of materialism and choice was nearly suffocating. Would our friend feel the same way?

Then there’s the Black Friday madness on top of it all. My husband jokes about driving our friend past some of the store parking lots just to show him that the craziness really is for real. But I know it’s not funny.

Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we continue to want, want, want, more, more, more? When will we be satisfied?

During this month when many people focus on gratitude more than other times of the year, I ask myself, “What do I value most?” Is it the traditions we hold dear? Is it material things? Is it relationships?

On this Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday weekend, let’s all pause for a moment and ponder what it is we truly value most.



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