Urban Devi

Conscious and Contemporary

The Greatest Gift

by Rukmini Walker

“The greatest gift we can give is thanksgiving. In giving gifts, we give what we can spare, but in giving thanks we give ourselves.” – Brother David Steindl-Rast

I’ve been feeling a bit disgruntled the last few days, thinking about the upcoming annual American Thanksgiving Day. My idea of thanksgiving is to invite over all our stray friends who have nowhere else to go during a time like this. So many dear friends are away from home and family, and alone at this time of year.

But our wise Maryland governor has asked us all to refrain from Thanksgiving gatherings at this time during a peak in Covid cases. We will respect his advice.

But the true spirit of Thanksgiving is sacred and can’t be canceled by any pandemic or government ordinance. This is the spirit of Vasudeva Kutumbakam- the world is one family… My well being is directly tied to our well being. We’re in this together and we’ll get through this together.

All the best, 

Rukmini Walker