Written by Queenie Lei, an undergraduate Communication student who is intending to minor in international studies. During her free time, she loves to hang out with her friends and watch dramas!
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As Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I have been reflecting on the things that I am thankful for. Some things I am thankful are: the opportunity to study in Hong Kong next semester, being healthy, and just living in a relatively peaceful country. However, it is so easy for me to complain about the things I don’t have, rather than appreciate the things that I do have. I really like the following quote because it is a daily reminder that I should always be thankful daily, and not just on Thanksgiving. The quote is also encouraging to me because when things do not go in the direction that I want them to go, it reminds me to be thankful and appreciate what I do have.
“Let me encourage you to get up every day and focus on what you do have in life. Be thankful for the blessings of the little things, even when you don't get what you expect.” Victoria Osteen
How does the concept of being thankful relate to social sustainability?
Well, as Winston Churchill once said, “we shape our dwellings, and our dwellings shape us”. In other words, Churchill is saying that we have a responsibility to take control of how we want our environment or community to be like. I believe that social sustainability is closely related to taking an active role in one’s community or environment. For example, two things I am thankful for is being healthy and living in a peaceful country. By being healthy and living in a peaceful country, I am able to engage and take an interest in what’s happening in my local neighbourhood or community. Being socially responsible in our community can include actively participating in activities such as recycling, volunteering or just doing our part as a citizen of the community (eg. voting, participating in public hearings, etc.).
And so during this thanksgiving holiday, I encourage you to reflect on the things you are thankful for and on this topic of interconnectedness!
Happy thanksgiving from Embark Sustainability team!