Thanksgiving message to you: We may not know each other as well as we might if we were in a tight circle of family or friends. Yet you read my blog, maybe just this one essay. And for that privilege, of being read, I’m thankful.
Being thankful dissolves all unlike the main emotion from which it springs: peace. Peace, when we find it – not out ‘there’ but inside – is the quiet and unassuming emotion that empowers your ability to feel. Really feel. Not what you’ve learned to react to. That’s easy. But to first reflect deeply inside. To feel the one thing that no one can mold for you: your heart song of appreciation.
The Thanksgiving Story
The gratitude and appreciation legend has it that American colonists created a banquet, because they wanted to share from the bounty and labors of harvest. They invited neighbors who brought food gifts to honor the feeling they shared. Who knows if the date that a nation sets aside as holiday commemorates a precise event or time? What matters is the spirit of the holiday.
Consumerism would have us believe, of course, that we must outdo ourselves and each other, especially by displaying a vast variety and complexity of food and decoration. Yet most of us are not moved by this advertising ploy, because we do it from the heart. Sharing what we have received is a natural act and what makes us family even if we don’t share the same parents or nationality.
Gratitude is What Opens and Frees Heartfelt Emotion
I appreciate all the good wishes and support over the years. You – whether we’ve spoken personally, or you’ve recently subscribed or stumbled on this page – have inspired me. To continue to offer my services, and my word. You as reader, as client, as visitor, are precious to me. Simply for being you.
Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, you are at my ‘table’. For that alone, I give thanks.