Written by: Talia Goldberg, Community Shlicha


Thanksgiving is here and it is a holiday I had never experienced before moving to the USA last year. All of you who know me, know that I am a sucker for the holidays. I think they are super important for our lives as people, that they give us a necessary structure and help us connect to our family and friends on a whole other level.


So, as you can guess, I was very happy to adopt a whole new set of holidays. Especially the holidays that come with awesome super yummy dishes like stuffing. I promise, my life can be divided in two, my life before stuffing and my life after.


Now, I'm not writing to tell you all about Thanksgiving food since I am sure you are as connected to it as I am. I’m writing about the extra meaning that Thanksgiving can have when we say what you are thankful for this year. And I feel like this year we need to do that a bit more than we did in years past because this year has caused us to be stronger and to work harder than we ever did before. Because of that, we need to be thankful for what we have, including all the hard times we have worked through.


I always get asked, why am I always so happy? Am I always having so much fun?

This may sound cliche, but it's mainly because I am thankful for what I have. I am thankful for my job, and my friends, and my amazing boyfriend. I am thankful for the hobbies I have and that I can always learn from everything I have. I am thankful for my coworkers and I am thankful for my family that I love so much. And all these things make me a happy person. Because even when the days feel dark, and even with how much 2020 sucks, continuing to be grateful for the good things in my life has helped me get through this year. Even when I am stuck at home, I remember how lucky I am to have such amazing people around me and such a meaningful job. Even when things are hard and get confusing, I walk out my door and remember how thankful I am for the mountains surrounding me and for the beautiful world I live in. I am hopeful that there are better days ahead in our community and the world and I believe it’s important to help make people’s lives around me even a little happier.


Life is full of little successes. We need to remember to focus on those and not on the failures. We should try to believe that even when things get hard, the view from on top is always better. Let the little things in life make you happy, because that will make the big things even better.