Gratitude a Too Often Missing Ingredient

We all look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving. It’s a favorite holiday for most everyone I know. I mean, what’s not to like? Turkey, dressing, gravy, sweet potato casserole,  green beans, pecan pie, and the lists of mouth-watering foods go on and on.

We gorge ourselves on great food and conversation, but by the time our meal is over we’re on to the next thing – specifically, Black Friday and grabbing up all those wonderful deals for Christmas! We have lists made and our plans laid out in detail from what time to start out to the stores to hit first.

Yet, during all of this Thanksgiving preparation and activity, we tend to leave out the most essential ingredient – genuine gratitude. 

In all the hustle and bustle, we forget that the reason we are able to sit around a beautifully decorated table with food from end to end is that we are blessed.

We are blessed with the freedom to pray as we wish, to love those we choose, and a rich and prosperous nation.

We are blessed with a roof over our heads in which to present such a bountiful spread; blessed to have family and friends to in which we share this bounty. We are blessed with health, happiness, and a warm fire to sit by as the evening draws nigh.

So, this Thanksgiving let us truly be thankful when we gather together around the table. Share laughter, fond memories, and the love of gratitude we hold in our hearts for each other.

Happy Thanksgiving and may you and your family be blessed in abundance now and in the coming year.

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10 Reasons To Be Thankful

images-6It’s hard to believe the holidays are here. One minute I was enjoying the summer breeze and the next watching the leaves color the horizon.

From the end of September until after the New Year, time flies. I can remember my mother saying the same thing. Maybe it’s an aging thing – I don’t know.

I might not like it, but one thing the passage of time does is make you realize the significance of the little things. This Thanksgiving I wanted to share with you the things of which I am grateful.

10 Reasons I’m Thankful:

  1. Time might be fleeting, but it also heals.
  2. God’s gift to me – my children (both adults). I may not have done everything right but as a mom, but they are my joy.
  3. My grandchildren, their love, laughter, and innocence.
  4. For the steady hand of my husband, through the good and bad times.
  5. I’m grateful for my own strong will and spirit – it has gotten me through many a dark time.
  6. I’m thankful for our country, the liberties, prosperities, and security it affords us.
  7. For my mind (what’s left of it) and the ability to share my words with the world.
  8. The capacity to adapt to my physical limitations – soon to discover just how well I do.
  9. This blog – which without so many things would have been left undiscovered.
  10. You – my friends, readers, colleagues, the CPC Contributors, and kindred spirits.

It’s amazing when you actively think with gratitude how many things come to mind. Try it – the act of writing it down or saying the words aloud will move you.

To each of you, may you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and may God bless you all.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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