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Another Thanksgiving Day

A best of previous posts celebrating this great American holiday (and  one observed in other countries as well–but on different dates) .  

On this day we offer our thanks and appreciation for the bounty in our lives. For some, it’s a religious occasion. For others it’s all about eating turkey and watching parades or football. For me, it’s all of that.

I am so very thankful for the loving relationship with my wife–a marriage that has endured for 38 years now.  I am also thankful for still being alive and kicking after some medical challenges facing me this year. More on that in December but meanwhile, click on this short music video with the “Alive and Kicking” chorus.

“None of us can exist in isolation. Our lives and existence are supported by others in seen and unseen ways, be it by parents, mentors or society at large. To be aware of these connections, to feel appreciation for them, and to strive to give something back to society in a spirit of gratitude is the proper way for human beings to live.” Daisaku Ikeda

I owe gratitude to countless people. My parents, who brought me into the world, especially my mother who did her best to care for me after my father passed away. My brother and his wife who took me in at age 16 after my mother too passed away. Another brother who offered many life lessons. Teachers who inspired and gave me tools I use today. The person who introduced me to Buddhism and all those who have guided and inspired me in continuing to grow in that practice which has enriched my life.

Whatever your observance of this day may include, I hope it will bring much joy and happiness. Eat well if you can but not more than you should. Stay away from politics if possible; it likely won’t help the digestion or make for a happy occasion. Give thanks and appreciation in the way best suited to you and your family.

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Acknowledgements: Simple Minds, "Alive and Kicking" m more...

Happy Thanksgiving

Many (if not most) of you reading this post live in America. On this day we offer our thanks and appreciation for the bounty in our lives. For some, it’s a religious occasion. For others it’s all about eating turkey and watching parades or football. For me, it’s all of that.

I have much to be thankful for. A wonderful wife of 36 years. A happy family including children now aspiring to develop and lead their own adult lives. Over the years we have had wonderful family vacations. My wife and I overcame great obstacles just to get married and survive the threat that posed. In the end, through our own faith and determination that not only made our lives richer but ensured the happiness of others as well. There’s so much more we have to appreciate that I can’t detail it here.

Whatever your observance of this day may include, I hope it will bring much joy and happiness. Eat well if you can but not more than you should. Stay away from politics if possible; it likely won’t help the digestion or make for a happy occasion. Give thanks and appreciation in the way best suited to you.

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