What is Thanksgiving? - In A Colorado Minute (Week 187) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.
Thanksgiving is a holiday mainly celebrated in the United States of America and Canada. Most people who speak English know that. In this speedy 1-minute video I try to explain where it came from and what it is today and what I personally think it's all about.
My creative intentions were overly ambitious for this video, yet, I put it together rather rushed under the usual constraint of "make a quick 1-minute every week and try to not let it interfere with your work and personal life so much." So the result is... well, you'll see.
My personal intention I hope comes across. More than any other holiday, this day to me is about reflecting on what I have and what I get to experience and to be thankful for it all.
Since last Thanksgiving, which I spent with friends from America, Wales, Germany (via Spain) in restaurants and bars in Berlin, my mind has opened up more towards the idea of being appreciative even for the lack (or loss) of having "things" and the negative experiences. They teach us lessons, help us to know ourselves and others better, enable growth, and allow us recognize more clearly what we want (and work towards that) and again appreciate what we have.
This year, I'm especially grateful to spend Thanksgiving with my husband and our dog and to be invited to different friends' homes for food, drink and company. I'm also thankful for all my family and friends in America, Germany, Brazil, Spain and around the world - this, my virtual friends, includes you! I always appreciate my health because in the end that is the most important thing. And while it's hard sometimes, I do appreciate the lessons I learned this past year and the growth I've gone through.
Another important aspect about Thanksgiving to me is that while you appreciate what you have, to also be aware of what others may be lacking. Remind yourself of what you can give to others today and every day. I am vowing today that in the coming year I want to give more time and energy to others - especially to those who are not my family and friends.
The music in the video is the instrumental version of "Letting Go" by Josh Woodward. It's available on his website as so many other great songs via a Creative Commons License. Thank you, Josh, again and again for making your awesome music available for us!
The images I used in this video I found either through Wikimedia Commons or the free license search option in Bing Image search to make sure I'm not infringing on anyone's rights by using their image. If I did, please let me know. Also I hope no one is offended by a naked turkey or anything else in the video.
I'm wishing all of you a happy Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Thursday.
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