If you’re fond of eating, Thanksgiving is coming up. It’s one of the top feasts in the U.S. It’s the time we eat and drink to the fullest. Not in moderation, and with as many people as possible.
Epicurus had three requirements for a happy and tranquil life. They were: the absence of pain freedom from fear, and close friendships.
No matter what material success we have, without family and friends, life loses its flavor.
Ranking near the top of our most significant moments are births, deaths, weddings and celebrations (i.e. Thanksgiving).
Thanksgiving, per Epicurus (341-270- B.C ) who lived in Greece, might tell us that this is a wonderful time that’s coming up. You can savor the delights of life, a time to love and be loved in return.
Be it a casual gathering, an unhurried day once preparations have been accomplished, just being with family and friends, enjoying good food and drink, and telling stories about what is happening in each of our lives.
It is a time to be on our best behaviors, a time to be grateful. It is impossible to feel miserable and be contented at the same time.
Death, it should not terrify us. Epicurus wrote, “Since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not. The absence of life is not evil; death is no more alarming than the nothingness before birth.”
Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate all that we have and the years we have left.