What Unites Us This Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is going to look a little different this year. With the pandemic still raging around us, our gatherings may look very different this year. There may be fewer opportunities for awkward talk about politics over turkey. That may be a good thing.

Based on how closely split the results were, about half of us may still be feeling raw about how the election turned out. Not everyone may be ready to move on.

Holding onto anger and resentment is bad for our mental health. A way to counteract this is by expressing gratitude.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that focuses on gratitude and togetherness, so this week, instead of focusing on all the things that divide us, let’s take some time to reflect with gratitude on all the great things that unite us.

We all showed up.

Many towns saw historical 80-90% voter turnout this election. No matter for whom you voted, you registered, filled out your ballot and got it done. And that’s amazing.

It turns out our votes do count.

Every. Single. Vote. Don’t ever feel like your vote is thrown away. This election proved that yes, whether it comes down to the wire or not, all votes count. All voices matter.

Our system works.

And it works for all of us – even if the result wasn’t what you were hoping for, we can all be grateful for all those people took on the ominous task of counting all those votes under so much public scrutiny. That’s a lot of pressure. Thank you.

We are more patient than we thought.

For an election that felt so important for so many, waiting for all those votes to get tabulated was tough. Election night was super stressful for a lot of people but we got through it. Change is the only constant and we adapt and move on.

This is a great time to pause and reflect: even though a lot of things have not been going well this year, we can always find something for which to be grateful. Now is a great time to try to find our common good and remember United is our name. Let’s continue together as a country to be grateful and continue to love each other this Thanksgiving.

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