It’s officially thanksgiving day in America, the land of the free and the home of the brave in the country in which I was born.
I would like to share with you what my heart on this thanksgiving day is truly celebrating.
It’s not about the turkey.
I would like to start with however, that I am thankful to the turkey for the many things it symbolizes, far beyond a good meal.
Today I am celebrating the plethora of plenty, a double amount of excess that we Americans often take for granted.
From deep within I am thankful for the life I’ve been granted. Good, bad, ugly and beautiful. It all means something to me. The joy, the pain, the happiness, the suffering. I’m thankful that I can learn from all that life throws my way.
I’m thankful for the founding of our country and the freedom it offers me. Knowing that my freedom came at the cost of others losing theirs makes me sad. I’m thankful that the humans in this country are recognizing that the native Americans who have been here for much longer, matter. They are important to the culture and well being of everything this country is trying to stand for. Although we often mess that up, I know.
I am especially grateful for the right to fight in a civil manner for freedoms that many Americans still don’t have. Believe it or not, we are still working on finding the best way to pursue life, liberty and justice for all.
It is a huge privilege to be able to speak up, speak out and to be able to write freely about the areas our country needs improvement in, without fear of losing our tongue or being thrown into jail. Peaceful protests, a gift not many on this globe share in.
I’m thankful for my children and all my family members. For our health and our wealth. I may not have much, but I know that many on this earth will die today from war, famine and thirst. I know that in my own country families with children and individuals will not be sitting inside a warm home with a banquet table of food in front of them. I acknowledge that there are hungry, cold and homeless right here in my city. I’m am thankful for the plethora of plenty that I live with every single day. And for the opportunity to give, to try to help end their suffering.
And I’m thankful for you, and your presence here in cyberspace with me.
You matter to me. I just wanted you to know. I wanted to tell you that I’m thankful for each and everyone of you, the talents you share, and the differences you are making on this home we call Earth.
Today I’m cognitively celebrating the ability and the plenty that I have to be thankful for.
And it feels so very good, I think I’ll do it again tomorrow too!