I wanted to share with you a little something I posted to my Facebook page yesterday. Or shall I say a slightly revised version of the same.
Here in the United States where I live, we have a holiday called Thanksgiving. It was formed when a group of Pilgrims from Europe, having survived their first year in the New World, and having had a bountiful harvest with help of the Native people, celebrated for three days, a great feast that was shared by both the Pilgrims and Native Tribal people. It is a celebration of joy and abundance. (for such things must exist within us before they can exist without.)
During the American Civil War in 1863, more than a century later, then President Abraham Lincoln declared an official Federal holiday, proclaiming a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”. Over the years the two Thanksgiving days became as one and is celebrated always on the last Thursday of November. It is a time that I find to be good for a little personal evaluation and thanks, a time to personally evaluate my life and all the good I have experienced.
I have thought a lot about what I have to be thankful for this year. Though this lifetime has often been hard and I have my share of scars and sorrow, those are things of the past.
I am thankful for my family and friends, even those who are half a world away. Those I know and those I am yet to meet.
I am thankful for being alive. Not just physically alive but mentally, emotionally and spiritually alive as well.
I am thankful for the simple things in life, and for the fact that I can still find the greatest joy in simple things.
I am thankful for all the people I love and all those who love me.
I am thankful for everything good that has been, is or will be part of my life.
The joys of my life outweigh the sorrows and for that I am thankful.
I am thankful for everything good that I have touched and that has touched me.
Lord creator, I am thankful for the abundance, joy and love that is my life. I am blessed and thankful for the blessings from on high.
Blessings, love, light, joy and peace my brothers and sisters. I am thankful for all of you even if our paths have not physically crossed this journey, we are still bound together by the spirit within. May your lives be filled with joy and your experiences prospered in amazing ways.