Thanksgiving is always a lovely way to spend time with family and friends, but what I like best about Thanksgiving (even more than all the yummy food) is what it symbolizes: gratitude, being grateful/ thankful for the good things in our lives, whether family or friends, our jobs, or opportunities, or the good things that happened this year. We don’t always have the time to think about what we’re grateful for, and to count our blessings. Thanksgiving is a day dedicated to that. I know it can be difficult too, with challenging families, or no families, or difficult families, or hard circumstances sometimes. Its nice spending the day with people we care about, but sometimes we find ourselves alone, thinking of what others have and we don’t. If we can take time out to be grateful for what we do have, to give thanks for the small things in our lives, our lives become richer from that gratitude. So whether you are alone, or surrounded by loved ones, in a good space, or not having a great time, I hope that all of us will find the time and the grace to be grateful for even a few things, even one thing in our life. Gratitude is like a seed that you plant, that becomes a tall tree eventually, with leaves of gratitude that grow and multiply. Gratitude is an enormous blessing available to all of us.
I was alone one Thanksgiving many years ago, in a new city, divorced, with no friends yet, and my daughter was visiting her father far away. I came across the Bible verse “God places the solitary in families”. And I’ve had many occasions to remember that, grateful for my family, and the friends I’ve made over the years. May your Thanksgiving be filled with warmth and blessings, and good people. And may we all remember to reach out to those who are alone. And on the list of things I am thankful for, you, my readers are high on that list. Thank you!! I am VERY grateful to and for you…..I hope you will have a wonderful holiday!!!
with much love, Danielle
Photo Below: This group of students are some of the ones who meant the most to me. As my journey continues they will always be a part of my heart no matter where I am led next. They are all very smart and I am truly grateful for the time spent with them as we all shared stories together about change, possibility and hope. They “get it”. I would have taught them for free. I was able to keep them for two different classes. Thus the current class with them feels as if we are all family at a time in my life when I needed it the most. Perhaps they are what I am most grateful for this Thanksgiving. The blue logo below was a gift from one of them as long as I agreed to use it to help people. One even offered to give me a “domain” for my website because “the good that goes out comes back”. Or as we say in CS: “Love is reflected in Love”. Amen.