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November 22 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Mark Sisson
11 Comments

It’s time to give some thanks. Certainly if you’re in the U.S. today—but, honestly, there’s never a bad time to do it.

Think about everything for which you have to be thankful…because there’s a lot.

Think back to the purported first Thanksgiving—the best elements of that story, which is a complicated one, I know. Think back a thousand years before that. Realize that everyone who lived and everything that transpired did so to lead up to this moment—to your existence and your life. We know all the the great shifts and great figures that show up in history books, but what of the faceless millions that trudged alongside, working and living and laughing and suffering? Most people who lived never made it very far. Most human lineages trail off and die. You are the chosen few who can trace their history through wars and famine and pestilence and genocides and environmental catastrophe, all the way back to the primordial soup.  Your ancestral line has survived hundreds of millions of years. And now you’re here, taking it all in. If that isn’t humbling, I’m not sure what is.

But we can be humble. And we can be thankful for the opportunities we all have. When you think about it on a cosmic scale, it’s remarkable that we’re even here.

Give thanks and love to your family, friends, neighbors, and pets. Give thanks and love for your food, for the land around you, your gym, your barbells, your hobbies, your favorite park, your favorite coffee mug. Give thanks for the memories of another year—the joys and triumphs amid difficulty, the love and friendship that gets you through the weeks. And when it’s time for everyone to go around the table giving “thanks,” be ready with your answer and ready to be grateful to hear others’.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Take care and have a great rest of the holiday week.

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  1. Indeed, how humbling it is to simply be alive, here and now, and experience life.

    Thank you, Mark.

  2. I give my greatest thanks for my savage boys… to one that showed such strength and courage as he fully recovered from a catastrophic femur fracture (spiral) and learned to walk all over again… to another that discovered a world of awe by creating it through storytelling… to wife, for the warmth of her touch.

    Today, I am so grateful for my inner circle (my closest friends and family), my tribe (those I work with, do life with and depend on), and all of you that stand beside us, support us and have shown us kindness and gratitude… today I give thanksgiving for all of this and the creator that makes it all possible and holds it all together.

  3. I am thankful for you every day. Primal has completely changed my life for the better.

  4. I am grateful for you, Mark and for MDA. I finally stopped making excuses and started the keto reset earlier this year thanks to your book. I have gone on to quite effortlessly losing more than half a dozen clothing sizes, my sleep apnea, the feeling of impending death after walking up a flight of stairs and the daily package of Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies for breakfast. When I get dressed now, it feels like I am dressing a different person.

    Thanks to you and the tribe here, this IS a very happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Initially read that you were thankful for MDMA. Where’s my head at…

  5. I’m so thankful for all of my thousands of ancestors…that I’m going to be eating roasted bone marrow for my Thanksgiving dinner.

  6. Our Thanksgiving was last month in Canada and want to take this opportunity to thank Mark and the whole Primal Community. Been 3 years and a total game changer for me. The movement is growing up north, one Gronk at a Time. Much to reflect on and give thanks for.

  7. This post made me think of a song by The Streets called On the Edge of a Cliff. The chorus is similar to the third paragraph.
    And the book Einstein’s Cosmos, which I mentioned under Sundays with Sisson, makes me think of another one of their songs called The Irony of it All. It’s a made-up rap battle about a level-headed stoner vs. a hooligan and I especially like it because the protagonist has the same name as me. It starts, “Hello, my name’s Tim and I’m a criminal ….[ then later on]…. I like to get deep sometimes and think about Einstein”.

  8. This is why I love this blog above all others in the paleoshpere. Not only do you dispense the best information on paleo, primal, keto and related lifestyle issues, you are also thought provoking on a wide range of quality of life issues, such as gratitude and living your best life. Thanks Mark for all you do.