I am thankful for my health that I feel as if I could climb mountains, run marathons and fight dragons even if I can’t.

I am thankful for my freedom.  Free to worship, free to write, free to persue my diverse interests and free to be me.

I am thankful for my family.  Brothers, children, grandchildren, cousins, nephews and nieces scattered far across the world but are close in the way it counts, that of love and companionship. 

I am thankful for the beauty that surrounds me every day. Sunrise, sunsets. Warm wintry skies, bright frosty mornings, the memory of hot summers, the delight of refreshing rain and the excitement of thunder storms. 

I am thankful that the seasons and varied climate provides food to eat season by season. Grains for a fresh baked breads and nutritious cereals; vegetables for soups, stews and colourful salads; fruit for delicious desserts and chocolate

I am thankful that my life is made easier by the innovation of man and the resources of the earth:  transport, clean water, warm clothes and housing, technology for communication and entertainment and to make every day chores less tedious and time consuming.

I am thankful for animals of all shapes and sizes.  The loyalty of pets, the beauty of colour and form, the lessons they teach us and the goodness they provide. 

I am thankful for the ability to learn and keep on growing and developing. Although perhaps not functioning perfectly I have use of all: sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. These ensure I can, and should, savour each moment, apply meaning and purpose to my actions and enrich the life of others. 

I am thankful for friends, colleagues and acquaintances who help me be who I am.  Who support me and guide me when necessary but have the wisdom and forethought to stand back and let me make mistakes.  I am thankful that they then listen to my complaining, let me cry on their shoulders and never say, ” I told you so”!

I am thankful for you. 

And because I am thankful for all the above I am not going to make unnecessary purchases tomorrow. 

Happy Thanksgiving America.  Have a blessed holiday season.


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