If there’s a holiday that truly speaks to everybody, it’s Thanksgiving.

In that way, then, in this day and age when broad appeal – and total inclusion – is the real appeal in many cases, what’s going to happen on Thursday – and has been happening on the fourth Thursday of November for generations – has been way, way, way ahead of its time.

No matter what your religious feelings, or lack thereof, your gender, the color of your skin, your heritage, your age, your political persuasion, your dominant hand or whether you want paper or plastic, Thanksgiving is indeed your holiday because it doesn’t judge or discriminate. We’re all in the same boat on this holiday because each one of us has something for which to be thankful.

We complain. That’s what we do because we think everything should be just right. It should fit like a glove. It should work out just the way it’s supposed to.

And when it doesn’t we get all askew. It puts us out of sorts.

Yes, even though everything else is running smoothly, we ignore that and instead put all of our focus – and angst – on the one or two or three things that fail to measure up to our definition of perfection.

Life is never perfect, as much as we would like it to be. There are bumps, potholes and detours on that journey.

But when we compare that to all of the times when we run into nothing but smooth sailing, we see that there is much more of the latter than the former. And we need to say thanks for it.

Now, whether those thanks be to a deity or to family/friends, or just as the result being the recipient of good karma or good luck, we need to think it, feel it and perhaps even say it. Yes, definitely, make sure you say it out loud for all to hear. It is liberating, and joyous, wonderful.

Thanksgiving is the day for that. It is the perfect day for that, because there is no griping allowed. Save that for the next day, Friday, or get it all out of your system the day before, Wednesday.

But Thursday, Thanksgiving, is the glass-is-half-full, not half-empty, day, completely and fully so, from the time you open your eyes to the time you close them, unless the big meal causes you to take a late-afternoon nap, which then means it’s the last time you close them for the day.

Doing so – not the nap, although that isn’t bad, either, but rather the thanksgiving on Thanksgiving – makes all the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie go down smoothly.

If the truth be told, no one wants to hear us complaining all the time, not even our dearest family members and friends. Part of the time? Sure. It’s good to blow off some steam every once in a while. Any more than that, and they’ll be complaining about you complaining.

And nobody wants that.

So get with the program. Quit living in a world of what isn’t, and start living in a world of what is.