In the midst of this mayhem, today is a day to seek refuge in all the many things we have to be grateful for. Take pleasure in a loved one's laugh, and in sharing food with others, whether they be your family, friends or others in need.
On this day of gratitude, I would like to share a lesson that someone taught me, that I am thankful for.
After 9-11, I had to stop doing work with refugees, work that had come to mean a lot to me. The risk of having others confuse my intentions in the paranoid atmosphere of those times was simply too much.
At the time, this felt like shutting down my heart. I confided my feelings in my mathematics teacher, and she taught me a lesson that has stayed with me ever since. That lesson is this: You cannot carry the weight of the world on your shoulders.
I would add to that, and say that love is the refuge that we must all take from troubled times. Love yourself, love others, love humanity. Doing so will help you partially transcend the weight of the world and find some peace even in dark and cruel moments.
Xenophobia is not the answer. Xenophobia not only tears apart the fabric of a society woven from diverse threads, but is a barrier to economic prosperity, which is the foundation of peace. Building bridges of international commerce promotes positive interdependence. This makes countries think twice before negatively impacting another country, as they may suffer domestic consequences as a result.
I am proud that SH International, in working with some companies and people which have previously done little to no business internationally, is doing its small part towards the strengthening of international commercial ties and thus building global harmony.
Learn what Thanksgiving turkeys have to do with the country of Turkey by reading last year's Thanksgiving post.