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Thanksgiving Musings…Not About The Food

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My brother-in-law just got married a few weekends ago. We officially gained another awesome person into our crazy Van Treese family. Woo hoo!

During the ceremony the pastor called us to pray the “Our Father,” but before we started he said something like….”I know we are all from different tribes and we each say this prayer a little different, so say your prayer like you normally do.” When he said that…something clicked in my brain and that word TRIBE was branded in the part of my brain that gathers ideas for blog posts. 🙂

As humans, we need love and support to survive, because of this, we support (show love to) the group we associate with. We take family pictures….Ohio state fans wear buckeye apparel….All of us stand and pledge our allegiance when the American flag is raised. We do these things to show our solidarity.

Clan, tribe, nation…all these nouns/labels build solidarity, but can also cause exclusivity and pride which can create friction and barriers between groups.

When someone helps you to pick up all your fallen books or helps you carry your groceries, it makes you feel good, right? That small act of kindness makes you feel a little lighter on your feet and makes you feel connected to that person.

If we start looking past the nouns we tag to people and groups, maybe we can feel more solidarity not to just a specific group but to all people…to all humans. Maybe when we look past these nouns and labels, we will all feel a little lighter on our feet, more unified to the human race, and maybe a littler happier?

I’m sure you feel the same…but I’m thankful for all the people I don’t know and who I do know that make me feel this way. Happy Thanksgiving!

This post is really an exploration of what the words clan, tribe, and nation mean and how we perceive them….what’s your perception of these words? It’s okay if your perception is different from mine 🙂


Thanksgiving Musing Blog

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Author: Erica Van Treese

I live an exciting, adventurous life with my husband Ben (he can take credit for the adventurous part). We live in little ol' Columbus and we just love this city! I'm an organizer with OCD (self-diagnosed). My husband turned me into a crazy water ski competitor and taught me how to jump off a 5 foot ramp going 32mph to see how far I can go, and sometimes I don't land the way I should (The whole ski community is a little coo coo, but I love them). I love pizza, and when I proclaim my love for pizza all my friends go "We know". My favorite thing is when my family and friends gather for a meal, and there is banter and wine. I love art and looking at beautiful things and I believe every item of decor in a home should have a meaning and a story behind it. I love food and exercising, but just like any other person there are days I really don't feel like going to the gym or I just rather throw in a pizza in the oven for dinner (and sometimes I do). This blog is a reflection of my love for being happy and my journey on eating right and exercising to achieve a higher level of happiness.

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