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Monday, November 21, 2005

"Let us be Thankful" Open Thread

Let us be Thankful
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
I would like to open a "Let us be Thankful Thread" for those of you who wish to make public "what you are thankful for."

I've received via e-mail a few "Thanksgiving Blessings" that I have posted in the comment link below.

Happy Thanksgiving


Anonymous Eileen said...

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

~Author unknown~

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Kitty said...

Subject: Happy Thanksgiving!

'Twas the night of Thanksgiving,
But I just couldn't sleep
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.

The leftovers beckoned -
The dark meat and white
But I fought the temptation
With all of my might.

Tossing and turning
With anticipation
The thought of a snack
Became infatuation.

So, I raced to the kitchen,
Flung open the door
And gazed at the fridge,
Full of goodies galore.

I gobbled up turkey
And buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots,
Beans and tomatoes.

I felt myself swelling
So plump and so round,
'Til all of a sudden,
I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling,
Floating into the sky
With a mouthful of pudding
And a handful of pie.

But, I managed to yell
As I soared past the trees....
Happy eating to all -
Pass the cranberries, please.

May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes 'n gravy
Have nary a lump.

May your yams be delicious
May your pies take the prize,
May your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off of your thighs.

May your Thanksgiving be blessed!

9:05 PM  
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Happy thanks giving!

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9:38 PM  
Anonymous Sallyann said...

This morning when I awoke it was the beginning of just another day destined to be “booked solid” with things to do, but I knew I was going to post the “Let us be Thankful Open Thread” on the blog sometime during the day. I hadn’t even considered counting my blessings publicly, so to speak, only that I hoped my readers would.

It wasn’t until late this afternoon that I had a chance to sit and think about “my blessings”. The quiet process immediately brought back memories of my Mom. It was one of her favorite things to say if I complained about a lost opportunity or material possession. “Count your blessings, Sal”, she would say. And count them I did because sometimes during my childhood, that’s all I had. While others had new skates, new clothes instead of hand-me-downs, and a stable family, I was asked to count blessings that weren’t so obvious.

Today, I still count my blessings just as I did when I was a kid. Oh I start out with the customary thankfulness for a “roof over my head, food in my belly, loving friends and family and a color TV, but the blessings that give me the most pause for having experienced them are still the ones not so obvious; a chance meeting with an old friend, a rainbow to view on a despondent day, a picture of a grandmother that popped out of the drawer just as I was thinking of her, an answer to a prayer, a gift from a friend who somehow knew it was exactly what I needed, getting a flat tire in my own driveway, and days that just turn out wonderful for no reason at all.

These aren’t obvious blessings in the traditional sense, but they are blessings nonetheless, serendipitous events and occurrences that seem inspired by something greater than ourselves. They mix themselves in with the usual blessings of life that we all count with ease, but mostly take for granted.

11:24 PM  

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