Thanksgiving Gratitude

Turkey Song

" 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.

Good night

© Laura Rogers Arne

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ghomefitness 6 years ago from Chicago,IL

Happy Thanksgiving, I loved the Adam Sandler song.


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Healing Touch 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

ghomefitness,

thanks for the first comment on my thanksgiving hub. I appreciate you.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

Gobble Gobble, Gobble Gobble. Hi sis-Didn't we have ourselves a time today with our family. We are so very blessed. How cool that our nephew opened up to us on his struggles and now triumphs. What a blessing that he feels safe to talk openly with us. Happy Thanksgiving Twinner. Don't know what I'd do without you in my life. You are one of my biggest blessings:)


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Dearest Healing Touch, my testimony is in many ways like yours, and I feel my gratefulness more intense while knowing that I was/am in the same boat as women like you, who never gave/give up, but, survive and excel, thanks to God, our source of power and love. May you all have another year of prosperity! And please know, I am extremely thankful for your friendship and support.


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Healing Touch 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

Minnetonka Twin,

Gobble gobble back at you. What a cute turkey cake we got c and J today huh. anyhoo, I am so thankful for you.


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Healing Touch 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

Dear MartieCoetser,

I totally get why our gratitude is so big. I pray and know you will have another year of love, prosperity and lots of writing. I also feel extrememly thankful for your support and friendship. We have many more years to learn more of eachother. If your ever in MN please let me and Minnetonka Twin know as we would have you stay here with us. Your always invited.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Thanks-- this hub is beautiful, and a reminder that life is good when you appreciate what you have.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

cute and nice!


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Healing Touch 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

Carolina muscle,

Thanks so much for your comment. Life is good.


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Healing Touch 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

Nellianna,

I am so glad you stopped by. I hope your good.


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Beautiful hub.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Take care.


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

Beautiful- I too am thankful for much! Kaie


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

HUGS!


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

How sweet and what a change it makes :-)


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Healing Touch 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

Eiddwen,

I am so glad you stopped by. Thanks so much for your loving words.


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Healing Touch 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

Kaie Arwen,

I know you too are so grateful. What a great group of women on hub pages. Many more grateful years to you.


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Healing Touch 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

De Greek,

I am so glad you came by. Thanks always for your most uplifting comments.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I'm very thankful for beautiful people like you! There should be two of you! Wait! There is! God bless you, that Minnetonka Twin, and Adam Sandler!


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Healing Touch 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

Micky Dee,

I love your comment there she be two of you. By the way, if you met us you may say otherwise, as together Linda and I are quite intense.

Love You Buddy, wonder if you saw the poem I wrote you yet. Ha


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I really enjoy that song and the pictures also great. Thanksgiving is always beautiful. Thanks for share with us. Keep on hubbing. God bless you.

Prasetio


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sofs 6 years ago

It is great to find people who are thankful, gratitude is what keeps us positive, looking forward to the future,it does not allow bitterness in our hearts.An attitude of gratitude is what sees us through our difficult times. There is so much to be thankful for, that most of us take for granted, thank you for reminding people to stay thankful.God Bless!!


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Lovely thoughts about gratitude. Thank you for writing.

Namaste.


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

Prasetio,

Thanks so much for coming by. I am glad you enjoyed the music too.


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

Sofs,

Thanks so much for your awesome comments. God Bless you back.


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

Deborah Demander,

I really appreciate your coming by. Thanks for the support.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

I find few thing as wonderful and honest as words speaking of gratitude. Your strength and wisdom clammer to the forefront and stage a reception of power and resurrection of peace. HT, you inspire every inch of my God spot and offer me a smile for the day and for this life. It is simple to disclose a story and yet courageous to show the pain. A statement of perseverance resounds from your words in past hubs. Thanks for sharing yourself, it is a worthy thing that you do.

Very cool pictures and Adam Sandler Rocks!

~Always choose love~

K9


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Good morning, my friend. This is my second visit. Of course, I really enjoy the music above. It give me a new spirit and some motivation in doing the best. Thank you very much. Take care!

Blessing and hugs,


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

K9keystrokes

You are such an amazing person. I love every word you utter. Every word is like a song. Stay as cool as you are. I am so glad you came by.

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