A Guest Post by Anthony Fleg
To our wonderful Clearly New Mexico community, we want to thank you for your support and energy. Far beyond this site, it is the work we are dedicated to, making our state healthier, safer, more equitable, and more democratic that is worth giving thanks for this holiday. Whether your efforts are improving our schools, ethical reforms in our political systems, or speaking on behalf of the most vulnerable populations that are too often forgotten, thank you!
As you can see from the stories on our site, it is exactly those efforts that inspire the writers of Clearly New Mexico. Often, these are the stories not deemed “newsworthy” elsewhere – youth working to beautify their communities, conversations about keeping the internet accessible to all, and Indigenous efforts to protect water are not the things we see much of in the media, but which have made it to our site in just the last week!
A few thoughts as you enjoy your time with family and friends this holiday, given in the spirit of Clearly New Mexico’s community:
* First, a medical fact – yes, turkey does have an amino acid called trypophan which causes sleepiness. So, get those important political, philosophical, and spiritual conversations out of the way before the turkey-induced daze!. And before you ask, NO, this does not give you lisence the next day to blame something you say to the in-laws on the trypophan!
* As you give thanks for all of our blessings, start small. One of our biggest distractions, particularly in times where there is so much that is not going well for so many, is to remember the gifts we overlook. Your heart will beat 100,000 times today, and every subsequent day just to keep you here. The lungs will empty and fill 20,000 times daily. Start your thankfulness with a deep breath and a pause to listen to the beat of life, the heart. Then look at those around you and let them know how much they mean to you…
* In the first Thanksgiving meal in 1621, one year after the Pilgrim’s arrival to this continent, the story is always told from the perspective of the British travelers. Were it told from the Wampanoag Tribe’s perspective, we would see Thanksgiving as more of a daily practice, not a one-day event. The Tribe, along with many Indigenous cultures, already had a year-long calendar whose ceremonies and rituals were centered on the art and practice of giving thanks. Make this holiday more about cultivating gratitude for the upcoming 364 days, rather than a one-time event.
* As you wake on Friday morning, keep one thought in mind – your wealth is a measure of your desires, not of your posessions. Rushing to the malls at 4am, while a good chance to burn calories from the previous day’s meal, will probably not bring you closer to happiness. In fact, you can celebrate Buy Nothing Day (www.buynothingday.com) with folks around the country, observed since 1992 on the day after Thanksgiving in response to the over-indulgent materialism that begins on Friday.
* Give thanks by giving! If you have time to help serve meals to families in need, there is a Thanksgiving dinner being organized by the Raincloud Collaborative and other local organizations. It all happens today (11/26) at The Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice (202 Harvard SE) from 10am-4pm. Bring yourself, family and friends, and any food (either to cook, or non-perishables) or toiletries you have to donate.
Thank you to each and every one of you – many blessings to you and your families!