One of the first thing I teach my theatre students is how to properly applaud. I don’t mean when to applaud during a live performance — I mean I teach them how to bring their hands together to make a proper and appropriate sound. Righteous applause should should have the tart sound of exploding gun powder and the retort of a shotgun.
With the festive holiday of Thanksgiving coming up, I thought that it would be only appropriate to give some long overdue thanks. Often in our lives we miss out on opportunities to give thanks and in other times we give thanks but we may not be entirely sincere in our tone or intent. A flippant “thank you” can sometimes be worse than saying nothing at all. I therefore wish to begin by writing that my intention here is simply to be thankful, with total sincerity. I would like to also write that this is but a small drop in the ocean of thanks that I have. If I were to write out thanks for all that I am thankful for, I would probably still be sitting here next week.