I ran across the following video and post from SustainableMan this morning. They both highlight our natural ability to take things for granted--the polar opposite of the themes for Thanksgiving: showing gratitude and being grateful. (Being a bit of a wordsmith, I find it interesting how similar the words all are in spelling: granted, gratitude, grateful.)
Initially, I started to steer clear of sharing SustainableMan's "Take Nothing For Granted" video because of the language in the montage. (Be warned, there is some both from the comedian voice-overs and the movie clips.) Yet, it poignantly illustrates "us" today: a society that takes things for granted, gets consumed with materialism, and misses the true meaning of what surrounds us. It's a definite "makes you think...and rethink" kind of video. Their post on the subject does the same!
Take Nothing for Granted from Sustainable Man on Vimeo.
"Gratitude in the Everyday" image from: http://stephanywrites.com/2013/11/gratitude-in-the-everyday-part-ii/
Video from: http://vimeo.com/35554292
Live, Love, Laugh photo from http://leftbrainbuddha.com/practice-gratitude-happy-thanksgiving/