Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I have much to be thankful for: family, health, and financial security. Sure, I wish I had gobs of money, no aches and pains, and a book on the New York Times best sellers’ list, but what truly brings happiness?
As we once again approach the Holiday Season, I’m worried about our society. It bothers me that Black Friday has become more important than the day before, that Christmas has become a savior for the economy, and books are being sold that tell us how to find happiness. Why have we made material goods so important? Why is the marriage of a woman on television and then her almost immediate divorce so enticing that it demands front page news?
I’m not an overly religious person, but I think we’ve lost something precious, and that’s a moral guideline. I believe in the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have done unto you. If everyone followed that rule, we wouldn’t have people being kicked out of their homes, stores being robbed, kids killing kids, and on and on.
I’ve written romance novels and now I’m writing mysteries. Why? Because in both genres there’s a positive conclusion. In the romances two people who complement each other finally realize they can find happiness together; in the mysteries, a wrong is righted and those doing the wrong are stopped.
In my books I can right the wrongs—good will overcome evil—but in life what I do personally has little impact on society. Nevertheless, this holiday season I’m going to avoid all stores that have forced their employees to cut short their Thanksgiving Holiday to come to work; I’m going to support local businesses and buy American, whenever possible; and most of all, I’m going to take time to remember the real reason why we have these holidays…that it’s not for how much turkey you can eat, how many parties you can attend, or how many gifts you can buy or receive.
So…Happy Thanksgiving to one and all…and take time to do unto others as you would have done unto you.