Thursday, November 26, 2015

Giving Thanks

It has been a quiet space on this blog these past few days, because I found out tragic and sad news on Monday which left me reeling - shocked and sad and aching.

And need I add that lately the world news has not been especially optimistic or promising either.

I love Thanksgiving, but not at all for the food or the trite history lesson that American textbooks tout.  No, I love it because it encourages all of us to take a moment out of our small lives, to try to forget the conflicts, squabbles, death, pain, destruction and violence that surround us, so that we can focus on the biggest picture of all -- the fragile ties that bind us.  

We are all dust motes in the grand universe, flecks of nothing floating in the vast span of the time space continuum.  In the end, what do we have but family, friendship, love, and simple human kindness?  But for food to sustain us and drink to quench us, what more do we need?

I have been thinking a lot these days, but especially today of all days, about appreciating the people around you, taking stock of the blessings that have been bestowed upon you, and above all, being generous and kind and good, to others - and to yourself.  

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