Wednesday, November 23, 2011

We would not celebrate Thanksgiving if not for the persistence of one woman, Sarah Josepha Hale

From Dr. Lynette Long, Founder and President of  EVE | Equal Visibility Everywhere

A Thanksgiving Message

I love Thanksgiving because it is a uniquely American holiday  where families and friends come together to show appreciation for all that is bountiful in life.  Even in these tough economic times most Americans acknowledge that they are more fortunate than the majority of others in the world. 

I also love Thanksgiving for what it is not.  It is not the celebration of a single individual nor does it have ties to any religious group.  It is the one holiday that unites our entire country and welcomes all to celebrate.

The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition traces its origins to a celebration by the Pilgrims in 1621 prompted by a good harvest.  Few people know that if it was not for the persistence of one woman, Sarah Josepha Hale, we would not recognize Thanksgiving as a National Holiday.  Sarah wrote letters to politicians and five US Presidents over a 40 year span championing her cause.  Ultimately it was President Abraham Lincoln, in an effort to foster a sense of American unity between the Northern and Southern states, who made Thanksgiving a National Holiday in 1863.  Sarah Josepha Hale did not even have the right to vote, yet with a clearly defined goal and unwavering commitment to her dream, she succeeded.

This Thanksgiving take the time to make a list of all the things for which you have to be thankful.  We all experience times of challenge in our lives, and there are many things most of us wish were different.  But gratitude creates a sense of well-being, peace, and many believe abundance.   This Thanksgiving I want to wish you and yours all the best and hope you persist in pursuing your own dreams. Remember with persistence you have the power to change your own life and the entire world.


Lynette Long

Lynette Long, Ph.D.
President, Equal Visibility Everywhere

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