Normally on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, there would be some sort of poignant statement about the importance of expressing gratitude. Maybe it would be in relation to the holiday, or maybe instead it would relate to Black Friday. Either way, it would be full of "shoulds" and express how much better the world would be. Something shifted this year, however, and I realized that I should instead take this opportunity to do something different. I'm going to practice what I preach.
I was sad to find out how many companies will begin their Black Friday sales tomorrow. Not only will the sales begin on Thanksgiving, and not only will people be forced away from their families, but they will begin even earlier than last year. The drive to compensate for last year's weakening sales has pushed companies to jeopardize family values more than ever. In case you missed it, Thanksgiving isn't about profits, sales, and materialism. The real point of Thanksgiving is in the name.