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Thanksgiving Musings

Updated on September 2, 2010

On this cool, rainy Thanksgiving Day, as I look out the window of my office, I see trees, tons of them, some are still green, and others have leaves falling off, branches have broken, and I think of the contrasts life can give us. How perception literally creates reality. I choose to see the contrast of trees almost as a poem or painting adorning my space, and for this I am grateful.

I am grateful that no matter what happens in life, we have the awesome power of our spirit to transcend and learn from all our experiences. To live with this awareness, creates openings to connect to life, not from a place of fear and the limitations it brings, but from a place of strength, grace and inspiration. We all have these gifts.

I think of Nelson Mandela who was imprisoned for 30 years for conspiring to eliminate apartheid in South Africa. He was able to experience transcendence, a growth of his spirit, and walked out with the ability to touch many humans worldwide, even let go of his anger towards the white man. He went to win the Nobel Peace for transforming the government of South Africa from oppression to a multi racial democracy. For humans like him, I am grateful.

Gratitude Quotes

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. - Albert Schweitzer

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. Meister Eckhart

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. Cicero

I have for the past year, laughed, and cried, and have been inspired as I read the hubs of the talented group of writers we have here. You may not know it, but when you open up your heart and share, when you give a tip to cook a healthier meal, when you share a poem, a PhotoShop creation, art, a healing modality, your thoughts on the nature of reality, a book you read, information about the Bach remedies, a story about aliens, or when you simply rant, it all becomes a part of the tapestry of my day. I don't see it as a "waste" as some people may consider the online world to be, I see it as an enhancement, a window to the world, a connection between the writer and me, even if its for a few minutes. It blends in well with my "real" life of managing a business and writing.

Thanksgiving is an American holiday, but I include my friends who reside outside the USA in my Happy Thankgiving wishes, as everyday is an opportunity to be grateful for the different shades and tones that make up our life experience.

We are all connected in spirit and I thank you all for being a part of my life!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thanks, Loveofnight. :)

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      loveofnight 

      8 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      as always i enjoy the visit.....

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Michelle: Your words really touched me, and brought what I call loving and healing energy into my heart and space. You have a way of always saying or being in the right place and time when touching or reaching out to others. I feel uplifted, motivated by your words. Thank you so much, and I wish you a Happy New Year and many bright blessings and much love and laughter in 2010!

      Hugs and love, :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I'd like to celebrate thanksgiving today for the friendship I have found in you. As the new year has started, may it bring forth more and more of what you create it to be as you allow your being to radiate. Your love and spirit shines brightly as you inspire and touch people's lives. To Marie and Phil, happy new year. Blessings, love, light and peace to both of you. God bless. :)

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Tatjana: The same to you! May Love and Prosperity be yours.:)

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Happy New Year Mary, wishing you all the best: joy, love, success from all my heart.

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Xuniel: I just saw your comments for some reason I didn't get a notication. Thank you for your comments.

      Teresa:I will pray with you; that our troops be filled with peace and return home safe. Thank you for your presence here. :)

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      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 

      8 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      Yes, really true. WE have so much to be thankful for. And I pray for the troops who are out there so far away from their families especially during the holiday. That they may find peace and joy all throughout despite their situation. Thank you for you sharing.

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      xunlei 

      8 years ago

      it is great ,

      I like,

      I will keep your post!

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thank you K@ari! You also have the same effect on me. :)

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      Kari Poulsen 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      What a wonderful Thanksgiving message! Your hubs always leave me celebrating life a little more. Thanks for this! :D

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, Cris: Thanks for the belated Thanksgiving wishes, but as you mention, everyday is an opportunity for gratitude. Nice to see you here~!:)

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      Cris A 

      8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      marie

      i hope you 'muse' more and share them here. you are one positive presence and your thoughts invoke introspection in your readers. thanks for this wonderful read.

      Happy Thanksgiving. I know it's a little late for for wishing you that but we can make every single day a day for gratitude :D

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, Jackwmns: Nice to have you stop by. :) Thank you for your encouragment, its appreciated.

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      Jackwms 

      8 years ago

      Thanksgiving was a week ago and I was in Oakland, California with some of my wife's family. I read your hub while down there, but didn't have time to respond before. The hub was just great and very inspiring. You do have a gift for putting feelings, descriptions, and settings into words.

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, Sue: Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Thank you for reading and for your friendship. Its appreciated. :)

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      Sioux Ramos 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      Happy Thanksgiving to you Marie! What a beautiful way of sharing this American celebration of Thanks and Giving. Most remember the thanks part, but you remembered the giving part....what a nice gift you wrote of the importance of each of us in one anothers lives and the great impact sharing has as you shared more of your awareness of blessings. The blessing is mutual, thanks for the blessings you bring into my world too.....Sue

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Spiritactor: Your thoughts moved me because honoring the sacdreness of all of life including our ancstors and using that energy in the Springtime to move in new directions is being truly in touch with spirit. This one reason why I love the Native Americans, they are attuned to life. Thanks you for your kind comments and for adding your energy to this hub!

      Cathy: Yes, I am in Oregon, live in a small rural town; quite a change from NY! Thanks for reading and adding your comments. :)

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      VioletSun 

      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Alexhouse: Glad you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving with plenty of friends and food. I often look back at memories that bring me joy, and it usually involves good times with loved ones or friends.

      Lorlie: I am also grateful to have met you! I like your words "a window to more and more enlightenment"... kind of gives me little chills as I feel its true. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Cathy 

      8 years ago from Oregon, USA

      As I read what you were seeing outside your window, the trees, I was there with you. I really was pulled into that moment. I like your writing. You're in Oreegon, too? Isn't it beautiful in this area? Have a great weekend!

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      spiritactor 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Beautiful musings and writing! And I give thanks for intelligent spirits like yours here in Hub-world.

      For me, Thanksgiving is a time to gracefully honor what has passed: ancestors, family ties, friendships, lovers and all personal relationships/connections, events, creations, and memories themselves. "Passed" as in it has already occurred (but is not necessarily finished for us). It's a celebration of all gifts received throughout our lives, up to the present; staying within the moment. I primarily view it as such because Spring, for me, is the true "New Year." And each of these gifts are to be cherished and invested in our lives like gold coins, up until the Spring-- when these "investments" are augmented by new directions and inspirations to come. The "investments" mature, giving way for newly-grown "gifts" to flourish within our Selves-- yielding a truly strong foundation for spiritual, emotional and even physical health. It all interweaves, forming the beautiful tapestry you have presented here.

      I try not to anticipate it; but, each year, I look forward to the Spring.

      I celebrate your insights! Thanks!

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      VioletSun, I am so grateful to have 'fanned' you, for your outlook on the world is fabulously refreshing. Yes, I also see the possibilities in the world as a tapestry, a window to more and more enlightenment.

      Just beautiful!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Very nice, Violet. It was a lovely Thanksgivimg this year with lots of friends. A lot to be thankful for.

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Tatjana: Thank you,and thank you for your friendship and the high energy you always share with me and everyone!

      Poetlorraine: I love your avatar of the white bird, its peaceful, pure. Appreciate your visit here. :)

      Hugs to you both!

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      poetlorraine 

      8 years ago

      no thanksgiving here in Ireland, but i was off work yesterday and on hub pages a lot, we sure did miss the input of the ones that were celebrating..... What beautiful comments you make, and how wonderful it is to be connected i agree...

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Happy Thanksgiving, Mary, thank you for sharing your love and friendship and for this beautiful Hub.

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Elena: Thank you! I raise a virtual glass of wine with you and give a toast to many more wonderful days! :)

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      Elena. 

      8 years ago from Madrid

      Hi Violet, I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday -- but of course you did, how could you not with this positive thoughts :-) Here's to another wonderful day today, and tomorrow and... :-)

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, Anjali: I used to watch the New Year's celebrations in Times Square while living in NY, and still do now that I am in the West Coast. My sister is visiting New York, and is in Forest Hills, celebrating Thanksgiving with friends.

      Thanks for adding your presence here, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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      anjalichugh 

      8 years ago from New York

      Luckily we had a beautiful sunny day in NY on this day. It might sound childish but I amused myself for about an hour glued to the TV set in the morning, watching live coverage of the colorful procession in Times Square. The excitement on the faces of people present at Times Sq was worth seeing. It was just a news channel but I couldn't quit watching. Credit goes to those happy faces which made me smile just by looking at them. Such a wonderful way to connect with others sharing the same planet as we do. Thx for putting across your thoughts in such a beautiful way. Happy Thanksgiving!

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