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A Message of Thanksgiving

Updated on November 25, 2013
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Kathleen Cochran is a writer & former newspaper reporter/editor who traveled the world as a soldier's better half. Her works are on Amazon.

Hubbers, you raise me up

Seems like every where this month you see people sharing their 30 Days of Thanksgiving with something each day they want to give thanks for in their lives. I've participated with my closest friends and family via Facebook.

But I heard this song today on the radio, and the people in my life who came to mind were my compatriots here on HubPages. Now, I feel like I should issue a spoiler alert, but anyone with a beating heart or even a thumping gizzard can see this one coming from a mile away. Yes, I'm about to be shamelessly emotional. Yes, I will verge on being downright sappy. Either stop reading or get over it. It's Thanksgiving, and if I'm going to stop and think about my blessings, if I'm going to seek to emulate the truest meaning of this season of gratitude, if I'm going to set aside my cynical default setting, then I must say the people I am most thankful for this year are my fellow writers here on HubPages.

I know I should be writing a hub telling my readers how to do something new or something essential or something to make their dreary life so much better. I should be using a suggested template and mind-blowing SEOs. I should include a graph and a poll. But instead I'm simply going to express a feeling, with words, you know, the stuff of writers. And with those words I want to say one thing. Thank you. You writers here on HP raise me up almost every day.

Sure there are some of you who irritate me with your constant need to express your political views, which are diametrically opposed to mine. Sure there are some of you who share my basic beliefs according to our common faith, but very little else in terms of doctrine and practice. But even my harshest critic or downright meanest forum commenter has improved my lot in life by pushing me to ask myself if I shouldn't look at an issue in the slightest different light, or if I should question a conviction that might require a deeper study or a reality check based on the experiences of someone other than myself.

You raise me up. And I'm a better writer for it. I'm a better friend for it. When you come right down to it - I'm a better person for it. And I'm thankful.

Celtic Woman


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      Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Never to late. And thanks. This one doesn't get read much.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      happy thanksgiving, sorry for my belated message

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Such a warm and thoughtful Hub! I am thankful for the many good friends I have here in Hubland, too.

      Thanks so much, and I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very sweetly said. I can tell you are very sincere. Thanks for the pretty song. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      theater girl and teaches1234: Blessings back to you I had a hunch when I heard this song that many of us would feel the same. phdast7 called me on differentiating between hubbers and friends/family. Y'all fit into all three categories. Thanks for taking the time during this busy week to comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      My heart was so taken with the video music. How beautiful a message! I am so grateful for the HP community and have made so many wonderful friends. Thank you as well, for your support and friendship, Kathleen. May you enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      So very lovely! And very close to how I was feeling today! Beautifully expressed. I have always liked that song, and you have introduced me to a new version of it! Thank you

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      billybuc and tillsontitan: I hope this week is full of new memories that will become old treasures as the years go by. phdast7: You are family and know more than most what a struggle this year has been for me. You've raised me up from my lowest depths and I'm not just thankful. I'm indebted.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I have to echo the two comments before me, Bill and Linda (though I'm not family)...this is a great time to be thankful for HubPages and all the wonderful people who write here. Emotions, experiences, and every day trials and tribulations mixed with friendship and love make for a great community. I am thankful for you Kathleen, God bless.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I was getting a bit miffed for a moment thinking that this year youa re a littler more grateful for Hubbers than friends and family...then I realized I fit in both categories, so once again all is right with the woorld.

      Very good hub and points well Taken, Happy Thanksgiving! :) Sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very nice, Kathleen. This is quite a community and I am very thankful to be a member. Happy Thanksgiving to you my friend.