If you have sent me a happy Thanksgiving text, thank you for thinking of me. I appreciate the thought. I, however will not be sending one. I feel like this is a phenomenon that has been occurring on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other major holidays over the past couple of years. An SMS is quick, it’s simple, it’s passive, it reaches out, it’s perfect right?
I feel like the practice has become increasingly cliche. Again, I’m not trying to step on toes. I have received several texts today, and I feel like it has a snowball affect. A few friends send you happy Thanksgiving texts, then you feel obligated to so you have to go through the couple of hundred contacts in your phone: add. add. add. no. add. add. definately not. add. add. (new text message) add. add. add. “Why is she still in my phone? Delete!” add. add. lanline. add…..
So you end up sending a fairly generic texts to several dozen of your closets contacts.
I recieved one earlier this afternoon that was forwarded. Seriously? “fwd: happy Thanksgiving. Hope you have a great day.” You’ve taken something that is already completely impersonal and kicked it up a notch.
I used to send a text message to my friends for Christmas. And for very close friends, I still think sending a text can be appropriate. Just not to everyone with whom you have an obsucre connection.
The reason why I still think it can be appropriate for close friends, is that if it’s a major holiday, your busy, your friends are busy, there isn’t necessarily the opportunity to place a phone call to wish the person a happy holiday, but they’re a good friend, and you still want to reach out. So what do you do? Write on the Facebook wall or send them a text.
With all of that said, I’m thankful for a number of things this year. Thankful for my family, amazing friends, good health, and opportunities. I’ve done a lot of thinking over the past couple of years about where I want to go and what I want to accomplish, and I feel like everything is so clear. I know where I want to be in a month, 3 months, 6 months, a year, 2 years, 5 years. I’m excited to see where things will be next Thanksgiving vs where they are now. For that, I am thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving to you.