" Thanksgiving day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men;but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. " E.P. Powell
We all need to be thankful for the nineteenth century writer Sarah Hale. Puritans would give thanks on certain prayer days, but it was not yet a national holiday. Sarah Hale fought for all of us together as a nation to celebrate what we are grateful for. She wrote to the president and shared why we as a nation should give thanks on a common day. I am grateful to her first of all.
I sit here tonight in my beautiful home in the Western suburbs of the Twin Cities in MN. I have a God who loves and cares for me. I have a home surrounded by trees and nature, family that loves me, children who count on me, dogs that love me even if I have only just gone out to get the mail. I have a twin sister raising my children with me, a tight knit neighborhood of great friends, food on the table, health, love, lessons, pain, joy. Great friends that surround me when I am down, and dance around with me when I am joyous.
I am thankful for the education I earned. My bachelors and masters
and loved every minute of it. I am thankful for the gifts God has given
me and I have used to the best of my ability. I am so thankful for the gift of writing and the
technological age we live in where I know longer have to write a paper
on a typewriter. I am so grateful to my fellow hubbers and online buddies.
I am thankful for the fact I can always go to family for a get together. I am thankful for all the teachers in my life .I have teachers like friends, spiritual teachers, and even My ex husband who was violent taught me more and deeply than many spiritual teachers. I know what I want in my life, what I do not want. I want those that surround me to forever be uplifting and supportive. I will no longer tolerate those that suck me dry and pull from who I am to what it is they want from me.
I must say, I have everything that I have ever wanted. It is not the
material things, it is those in my life that have given so much to me.
My writer friends, have given me so much as I learn and explore more
aspects in my own works. Online friends, your so very dear to me. Thanks so much for all you have done to build me up.
Well, a big thanks to Sarah from the nineteenth century. As I sit in my leather recliner tonight on thanksgiving, sipping my wine, cuddling with my dogs and writing now with my twin as the day turns to night, I am grateful. I am grateful that we can all say thanks for what it is we have.
My spiritual mentor taught me that when one thanks, one gets more and more blessings. The more you give of yourself, the more you get back. To me, that is what life is all about. Giving to others, inspiring others, teaching others what it is they need, loving others. Thanks to all of you who have helped mold me into who I am.
© Laura Rogers Arne