Thanksgiving represents that one day a year where people reflect on all the great things in their lives. Personally, I believe this exercise shouldn’t be limited to just 24 small hours in the course of 365 days, but it’s near impossible to peruse Facebook and other social outlets and not see people sharing what they’re thankful for this time of year.
In a world that’s commercialized Christmas to the point that retail stores start their Black Friday fiascos Thanksgiving morning, it’s important we keep our eye on the ball and realize what this time of year is all about. It’s not about doorbusters and 40″ TVs at rock-bottom prices. It’s about realizing the things in your world that make every day count. What you, as an individual, are thankful for is completely subjective and defined by and for you. That’s what makes it great.
Personally, as I reflect on my year today, I realize I have a tremendous bounty of things to be thankful for.
I am thankful for my daughter, whose laughter, personality, wit, and sense of wonderment gives me motivation to make myself better every single day. For me, nothing is better than teaching her the ideals of family tradition and understanding what’s important around the holidays.
My family has been my rock and I wouldn’t be where I am without their wisdom and guidance.
My friends have been with me through thick and thin and, while we don’t always see eye to eye, there’s not a doubt in my mind that all of us would be there for the other when push came to shove. It’s a great feeling to know I get to spend Thanksgiving with them and partake in a full day of football and gluttony.
I’m thankful for a career path that allows me to impact people’s lives on a daily basis.
I’m thankful for you, the fan of craft beer, who supports Breaking Brews, the Pittsburgh Craft Beer Network, and all other projects I’m behind that helps celebrate and promote craft beer in Pittsburgh. Without you, none of this would be possible or worth doing.
And, since this is a beer blog, I’d be remiss if I didn’t pay homage and express my thankfulness to the creators and purveyors of craft beer. The industry has undergone a paradigm shift the likes of which no one could’ve expected over the past several years. And it’s because of the never-say-die, believe-in-what-you’re-doing mentality of so many aspiring brewers that’s made this shift a real thing.
My belief is that Thanksgiving and craft beer are a perfect marriage. Both symbolize the fruits of commitment and dedication. Both represent a sense of togetherness. As I’ve mentioned before, the beers we enjoy often become the byproducts to the memories we create with those we love. Thanksgiving dinner is similar in that respect.
And, without a doubt, both craft beer and Thanksgiving dinner pair beautifully with football on the television. 🙂
If you’re a fan of craft beer, it’s important to realize the hard work that goes into that pint you’re probably enjoying as you take in this post. We live in a time where the abundance of beer options are at an all-time high, and there’s no evidence of a decline anywhere in the near future.
THAT’S something to truly be thankful for.
And bacon. Always be thankful for bacon.
Whether you’re spending your Thanksgiving with family, with friends, or in other parts of the world serving our country and defending the freedom that gives us so much to be thankful for, take a moment to reflect on all the positives in your life. Good food, great beer, tremendous people, and more…the list goes on and on!
What makes you thankful this Thanksgiving? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!