Sunday, November 30, 2014

I See... an Obligatory Thanksgiving

Near the end of November about this time every year ever since the Mormon Third Eye first penetrated the blogosphere with its incisive brand of social commentary, it has fulfilled an obligation to faithfully post content somewhat related to the Thanksgiving holiday; you can read them here, here, here, and here.  This year, however, you’re going to see something different. I am intentionally not going to bow to tradition or social pressure and continue my uninterrupted record of seven years of posts about Thanksgiving. Why?  Because the MTE doesn’t believe in offering obligatory thanks.  Of all the holidays we celebrate throughout out the year, Thanksgiving is the only one that expressly honors one of the most noble elements of the human spiritual, emotional, and moral condition- gratitude.  True gratitude flows from the heart, not from manufactured demands to return thanks for thanks or meet holiday requirements.  It should be an expression of love and devotion to a God who vicariously blesses our lives now and in the eternities through the actions of others.  Serious MTE posts have always included outward expressions of an inner commitment to emulate the Savior, and He never modeled divine principles of human relations under pressure of social stigma.

So, while I truly am always grateful for this time of year and the opportunities it affords me to humbly reflect on the many people who have blessed my life with their patience, understanding, and charity, I will not ruminate further on this topic at this moment. I’d like to save it for another time and place where there is no risk for it to be misinterpreted or misappreciated as mere obeisance to celebratory convention. As Elder Uchtdorf so boldly taught in April General Conference, we should view gratitude as a disposition, a way of life that stands independent of our current situation.

Perhaps even independent of Thanksgiving? 

Dang! Did I just share a message about gratitude on Thanksgiving? Sorry about that…

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