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November 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Please do give thanks on Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving. (Artwork by William Brown)

Happy Thanksgiving.
(Artwork by William Brown/Op Art)

Take a moment this Thanksgiving Day 2013 to pause and acknowledge those things – great and small – that resonate in your life. Most of us never slow down long enough to do that humble bit of accounting.

Please use the comment space to share what you are thankful for.

The Pilgrims in 1621 celebrated a good harvest. Previous years had brought all manner of natural disasters and hardships. They recognized an opportunity to enjoy and be grateful for a change of fortune.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the entire nation – all the states – celebrating the holiday on the same day. The date would move, but everyone would raise a drumstick on the same day across time zones.

This is a day for family, friends and leftovers. Family stability and maintaining friendships are no easy assumptions over time. Remember parents who pointed you ahead. A full refrigerator is not to be taken for granted, either.

Did you get a call-back on a job interview? The college early admission season is over, with all the stress that application process can bring students and parents.

Friends are celebrating the successful resolution of immigration issues for a loved one. A glorious achievement. Give thanks for precious reunions and renewed ties among the families you know, and, perhaps, your own.

A baby’s first steps are a delight. Never mind the chasing-them-down part that comes next. A good report from a well-baby checkup is a gift.

What is on your list? Economic stability, successfully quitting smoking, or maybe just the simple pleasure of the fresh fruits and vegetables of each season. How about gratitude for tap water that does not taste funny. School teachers for whom extra effort is routine. Good books and book clubs. Curiosity. The role of religion in your life. A few extra dollars in a savings account. Good coffee or a hot cup of tea. People who went to work today so you could stay home. A not-to-be-taken-for-granted envelope of public safety. A techie friend who takes the mystery out of life online.

Giving thanks is not an exercise in creativity. Think about the things that make a difference in your life, and pause – ever so briefly – to appreciate them. Please share what makes the day special for you.

 

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