Don’t Overthink Thanksgiving


You may read or hear it again this Thanksgiving: the earnest admonition to think long and hard about the past year. We’re supposed to carefully contemplate our lives and identify all the things to be thankful for.

I respectfully disagree.

Nearly all of already know what to be thankful for: our family, our health (if we have it), our freedom, occupations we enjoy and even treasure. Yes, 2017 brought challenges to Upper Midwest agriculture — drought stands out — but that shouldn’t obscure the joys and successes.

If you want to analyze the past year to come up with a long list of what to be thankful for, go right ahead. Maybe you’ll come up with something you’d otherwise miss. But for most of us, it’s a poor use of time and effort.

Don’t overthink Thanksgiving. Just give thanks.