2020 Yields A Bountiful Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Episode 92 is my 3rd Thanksgiving episode. Last year’s episode was heavily inspired by the life of Mr. Rogers and featured an inspiring message and challenge based on the kindness represented by Mr. Rogers’ legacy. This year’s episode is painted more with the current landscape of our country and, really, our planet during the fall and winter months of 2020. 

With everything going on in the world right now, I decided to just take some of it on with this solo, guest-less episode. I think, in the end, it allows me to be more thankful and grateful if I’m not straight up trying to avoid or dance around the obvious. 

I started by sharing the relief I felt with the (apparent) election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the president and vice president elect. I analyzed some of the fear I have heard some people express about what that may mean for USA; I tried to talk through a little of my confusion with that mindset while coming to terms with how that may feel valid to people that don’t share my same ideas.

The second section of the episode was a bit more personal. If you’ve heard my prior episodes during this time of the year, you know that this is around the time that the anniversary of my Dad’s death comes around. It’s also the anniversary of my eldest sister’s death. This year, my wife’s Dad succumbed to cancer not too long ago. So, it’s all just piling on. This of course, also coincides with my birthday (which happens to be the day that I’m releasing this episode, oddly enough). 

So, I spent a bit of time exploring how all of that impacts my life right now, and the dynamic of my family. With the state of the world in mind, it was impossible to not connect that with all of the loss that so many humans are experiencing right now. A lot of us are possibly getting used to the ridiculously high numbers of human loss occurring on a daily basis in so many parts of the world right now. Stopping to think about that for just a few minutes is incredibly saddening. 

The final part of what I called my Cornucopia episode focused on a challenge of inspiration to all of you (and to myself, too). When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone? I mean: wrote. With your hand and a pen? When was the last time you wrote one and mailed it to someone? Is it so crazy to think about writing a letter even to someone who lives in your home and still mailing it to your home for them? How about sending out voice texts of love to people you care about? It is a pretty simple challenge… and maybe that makes it better, because I know so many of you can easily find success with this.  

Oh, a little bit of news. I finally put to rest the idea that I may do a complete branding overhaul of Daddy Unscripted. That’s not happening. Rather, with the additional section of the podcast that I created with the W.H.A.T. series (“We’re Here Alone Together”), I announced I will have another side series called “Who Tells Your Story” that will involve me having an even more diverse set of guests on the podcast to do exactly what Daddy Unscripted has always strived to do: document the lives of all of you amazing people out there.

You can listen to this conversation by finding the Daddy Unscripted podcast, wherever you listen to podcasts (Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Tune In Radio, etc).

As I say in each episode: for anyone who may need help during any difficult times: the National Suicide Prevention hotline: (800) 273-8255. Also, I have a Google Voice Number for ANY of you to use: (872) 444-6784. Leave me a message there and I will get in touch with you… or you can even just use that as a safe place to vent or whatever it may be. 

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