"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow".
~ Melody Beattie ~
These are troubling times and many are left with feelings of hopelessness, despair and frankly an attitude of skepticism on what this day means to millions of folks not only in this country but around the world. The haves vs the have-nots which is a common refrain on the nightly news and on many sites in cyberspace.
We have each other and there are caring folks who not only stock the food pantries on holidays such as this but during the year. They raise funds to help those who've been treated unfairly by happenstance and continue to advocate utilizing various venues for those of us who are unemployed, homeless and marginalized by the larger societies. Although for many there is very little to be thankful for; go deep within and find some gratitude for just being...gratitude for those who fight tirelessly for humanity...gratitude that yes things could be worse for many of us but we are still here and eking out a living for a better day. For those who are doing well or okay...let us not look in disdain and contempt toward those who have fallen on harder times.
The prayer of sharing should be in our hearts and thankfulness that you can make donations and assist those who have various needs in such a way that they can eventually do for themselves. In remembrance of this spirit; may your efforts become a part of who you are--not only during the holiday season but throughout the year. This is my Thanksgiving appeal!
Peace and love....