Thursday, November 22, 2012
Another day of thanks...
It's another Thanksgiving, the sun is trying to nudge above the horizon and I sit here alone in the glow of my monitor, sipping my coffee, pondering the vast number of things for which I MUST give thanks, but not to worry, I won't bore you with the list, but as blessings go I feel like a very rich man.
The one thanks I will share is the thanks for this blog, the people I have had the good fortune to know from all over the world is amazing.
And because you are a part of this community hundreds of pounds of food are delivered to two food pantries and a soup kitchen here in southern Maine every Monday morning. The need has become so great that we are now giving 50% of every affiliate sale to this cause, and because you use our affiliate link it really is you that makes the magic happen... and you get the recognition, when I drop off the food I say "I'm just the delivery man, it's my friends who made these donations possible".
So THANK YOU my friends.
I hope that today (and every day) you are surrounded by those you love and who love you, that you feel blessed and rich in spirit, and that you carry hope and charity in your heart.
There are many of you who are struggling and I hope even more for you... that people reach out to support and comfort you, that your burdens become lighter, that you never feel alone, and I pray that in the days to come you can worry less, love more, and that when strangers see you on the street they wonder what you are smiling about.
Let me leave you with a few words from people waaayyyyyy smarter than I:
Thanksgiving, to be truly Thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving. ~ Unknown
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others remains and is immortal. ~ Albert Pine
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~ Thornton Wilder
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~ William Arthur Ward
Grace isn't a prayer you say before receiving a meal. It's a way to live. ~ Jackie Windspear
We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love. ~ Mother Teresa
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, that is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~ W. T. Purkiser
Happy Thanksgiving everybody.