"There is no enlightenment outside of daily life." Thich Nhat Hanh
Okay, so it's Thanksgiving Day and you're not thankful. Wherever you're supposed to be today, you don't want to be there. It's a lousy day to have off from work, since everything's closed - gym, restaurants (unless you want to hang out with a bunch of families eating Thanksgiving Dinner out), even the movie theater. You know you're going to end up the day, whether you're alone or with a crowd, feeling miserable. Whatever you do or don't do today, it will be too much - too much food, drink, company, noise, silence, aloneness.
Besides, you have nothing to be thankful for. Well, that may not be completely true, of course, but when you look around at this world we live in, all you can think about are the terrible problems we face. Fighting in Korea, starvation and illness everywhere, conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, economic crisis, housing crisis, global warming, terrorism...
And you haven't even started counting whatever personal problems you may be struggling with.
I can't offer a one-day cure for either of the above; but I can give you a few suggestions to get you through today, whether you're cooking for a crowd or eating alone, spending the day with friends or with your chaotic and dysfunctional family, or any other variation on the theme.