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Is there anything to be thankful for at Thanksgiving?

November 25th, 2009

It’s been said that an optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day!

Plenty of food at Thanksgiving sure gives us a reason to be thankful. But we can still find something to complain about – the turkey is dry, the gravy is too thin, and there’s no whipped cream for the pumpkin pie.

All too often we take our blessings for granted and we are not grateful.

H. W. Westermayer says, “The pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts … nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.”

A quote from Sadi, The Gulistan says, “Once, when my feet were bare, and I had not the means of obtaining shoes I came to the chief of Kufah in a state of much dejection, and saw there a man who had no feet. I returned thanks to God and acknowledged his mercies, and endured my want of shoes with patience.”

May we always have a heart of gratitude by focusing on and enjoying what we have, not lamenting and complaining about what we don’t have.

Happy Thanksgiving for all of us in the U.S.!

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  1. Things I am thankful for (at least for this weekend):

    1. Friends (who invite us over for Thanksgiving every year; they do the bulk of the cooking, the kids have fun together, and there’s no traffic problems getting there or getting home)

    2. Good weather (we live in California, and it was glorious on Thanksgiving day; we pay a lot for our real estate, but sometimes it’s worth it)

    3. Lego (it keeps our little guy engaged and happy and creative for hours on end)

    4. Books (they keep our oldest engaged and happy and creative for hours on end)

    5. Our little neighborhood grocery store (no huge lines, no traffic getting in and out, and most items you need)

    6. Leftovers

    7. Batter Blaster (organic pancake batter in a spray can; the kids can make their own warm breakfast while we sleep in or read the paper; no giant mess left behind either)

    8. Good movies on TV (the holidays always bring out the better programming)

    9. Work (thankful my husband has it and we’re doing okay, as many others are not so fortunate; wishing them all well)

    10. Each other (our boys and my husband make life great)


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