On Being GRATEFUL
As we approach another Thanksgiving celebration in the United States of America, it is imperative we call to mind that for which we can be grateful. Not only in our individual personal lives, but as Americans in the midst of the 2016 Presidential campaign.
Although this is an integral political process for us every four years, there is an especially serious burden upon us in this particular coming election. Never before have we felt such urgency to be focused, informed and active. This world that we share with billions of people is in utter turmoil. We haven't the luxury to be unconcerned nor disconnected from any part of this. It is our country, our world and our continued existence at stake.
This year, as we look at the past, at this moment and into our future, we need to look with clear heads, open minds and a sense of urgency to proceed as a determined and united force. As we bow our heads together in thanksgiving for our daily bread, we have no choice but to ask for wisdom and the strength to be the light that will pave the path to Peace throughout the world....and the "Good" of all mankind.
2016 Update: Incredibly, another year has passed~much too quickly this time~almost like a fierce wind storm blown through our lives. The election over. We have a President Elect. For the sake of my many friends and loved ones who have taken the results this year, harder than past years, I've chosen to reserve further comment and get on with our Thanksgiving thoughts.....So my friends....
Search your Soul & Share your Heart
Smile each Day, and let Gratitude Prevail....
A lavish feast will grace the family dinner table for most of us on Thanksgiving Day. We will sit round this table, join hands and bow our heads in silent contemplation. We feel deeply grateful for good health, loving family and friends......perhaps a significant achievement or the strength in surviving a crisis. For all the reasons we may be grateful on this day, the love and concern for each other that brings us together is celebrated with true humility and a sense of peace.
The warmth of smiles and conversation renew our bonds with a promise of trust in one another. It's a special time. These are moments we treasure. Each year we look forward to this day to be mindful of the gifts received throughout the year.
Although it can seem unlikely to us, we hear of individuals not at all grateful but instead bitter and dissatisfied with their life. We cross paths daily with some of these pathetic souls. The pessimist, envious, and chronic complainer. For these individuals, nothing is ever enough....not good enough, important enough or big enough. It can be difficult to accept that they simply cannot appreciate the beauty,goodness and miracles of life which are what truly matter. So bless their misguided hearts and wish them well. In a strange sort of way, we can be thankful that there are those who teach us valuable lessons.. They are a continual reminder to us that we must focus on the positive and spread good will.
Not for just one day
It should not happen that we remember to express our appreciation for what we have, merely once a year. The festivities of Thanksgiving Day is an American tradition, first celebrated by the Pilgrims and the American Indian many years ago. They came together in peace and friendship to enjoy the fruits of their labors. They were compelled to praise the gods for the foods that sustained them, as well as the common bonds that united them.
Now today, in this generation, despite the economic turmoil, the ravishes of mother nature's devastating storms and floods, we have stood tall. Throngs of fellow-Americans who were suffering and placed in danger were offered help and support, food and shelter. More importantly they felt the love, kindness and genuine concern from those who came to their aid. They were lifted up by generosity and acts of kindness to assure they would not be deserted in their time of desperate need. For all that they lost, they found faith in their own strengths through the power of unity. They will embrace gratitude of the deepest kind for those who ran to rescue when they reached out their hands.
Yes, believe it. There is always something to cling to.
In the best of times and worst of times, we can find both joy and solace in every instance. What brings us happiness is welcomed and what trials do not kill us, make us stronger. Love is found and sometimes lost but always leaves it's shadow with us. It's traces never leave us but taunt us to reach out to love once again. For without love, what is life?
There's always something to be thankful for....always something to move us forward. These are the gifts for which we are grateful. This is what we share with one another.
Inspire the man who feels he has nothing to give, for surely he must search his heart and know his worth. You are valuable in your own uniqueness, no matter the woes of what you lack. Offer your talents to bring laughter to the saddened and your arms to the child who feels alone. Be thankful for the chance to do these things and feel the pride you have a right to feel.
When all your efforts seem to fail, be grateful you had the strength to try. You're beginning to understand the gist. I see you smiling. I imagine your pleasure at seeing these truths. What is it man wants or what does he need? If he has what he needs, will he still want more?
Whatever the answer, this fact remains clear; when we share what we have, it returns ten-fold. In essence perhaps, yet it could be something beyond what our senses perceive.
Take time if you must, to give thought to your blessings, being careful to recognize all. I see that every day, surrounded by those we hold dear, will be special for you. All things worthwhile are worth struggling for, so do more than just scratch the surface. Dig deep and hard to find all of those gifts. You'll be balancing more than you dreamed. Beginning this year, vow to keep a journal of gifts you are granted and can graciously share with others throughout the year. Do not let them slip your mind...but keep your blessings in your heart and close at hand. We never know when we may want to pay one forward to the next in line to receive.
Wishes to You and Yours, for a Wonderful Day
Accept this gift of Inspiration to decorate your life with the love of treasured friends and family and precious memories that will live forever..... and give heartfelt thanks for every moment.......
Please do not wake to find you have lost what you did not treasure while in your midst. Hold closely and lovingly for as long as you're able.....give freely, accept graciously and laugh heartily! These are the precious gifts of life....ours exclusively for the taking.
Hold tight to all you are....be generous with all you possess .
My Love and Best Wishes to each and every one of you on this Thanksgiving Day and throughout the year. Paula