Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’
I suppose it is fitting that I would watch the final episode of Friday Night Lights on a Friday, and the Friday after Thanksgiving no less.
It’s no secret that I can get emotional – about my children, my beliefs and about my country. But I even surprised myself in getting emotional about football, and Texas football of all things. It is bigger than football… it’s real life, relationships, hardship, love, adversity and, ultimately, finding happiness.
Yes, watching Friday Night Lights pulled long lost memories from deep in the recesses of my mind, which made it surprisingly enriching. I could relate, to some degree. I come from a small town in the White Mountains of Arizona where there wasn’t much more than high school sports.
While I was a mediocre football player, I was decent at baseball and in my senior year, we took state. It wasn’t nearly as dramatic as a TV show characterizes it, but it was pretty cool.
At the end of the day, the message I took away from Friday Night Lights was that no matter how great and important what you are doing at the moment seems, it’s the future that matters – because it should always look brighter and be better.
The lights may go out on a Friday night, but the sun comes up tomorrow.
Christmas comes earlier and earlier each year. Thanksgiving is being wiped out by “Black Friday” which is actually now starting on Thanksgiving Day. I’m all for economic activity, but this is getting a little absurd.
The “failure” of the super committee didn’t happen yesterday, it happened when it was created as a part of the deal to raise the debt limit back in August. It was a terrible idea, and did exactly what Washington is best at doing: punting on the tough issues.
Friday Night Lights is one of the best TV shows in recent memory. Why is it that I never start a show from it’s beginning? My favorite shows have mostly been those that I discovered long into their run (Lost) or already canceled (Arrested Development).
The defeat of State Senator Russell Pearce in the recall, the ousting and then re-instatement of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Chairman, the future of Rep. Gabby Giffords, among other things proves that Arizona politics is not likely to get boring anytime soon.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday in the sense that it is built around the whole idea of gratitude.
If there is one thing missing most in society today, it is gratitude, true gratitude. Not the kind like, “I’m so thankful that Wal-Mart has this awesome sale.” (That was the gratitude on display late Thanksgiving night when I ran to the nearby 24-hour Super Wal-Mart and there were lines of people waiting for the clock to strike midnight to officially kick off the post-Thanksgiving sales.)
Gratitude, in its purest sense, is recognizing that all that we have is a gift from God.