Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. I enjoy cooking and I enjoy eating. So what's not to love about it?
But I like being thankful, too. Throughout my life, I've noticed that the happiest people I've known were those who are thankful for what they have; and the most miserable folks were those who constantly bemoan their lot in life:
"Woe is me... I never get a break." You know the type.
The happiest times of my life have been those days and moments when I stopped long enough to be thankful. I've been up, and yes, I've been down. So I know whereof I speak. Even when I was "busted, dusted, disgusted and couldn't be trusted" (Woody Guthrie), I realized that if I'd look around and see how many things I HAD, I no longer focused on the things I did NOT have.
Could it be that thanksgiving is the secret of happiness?
You don't believe in God? Then be thankful to the universe, or to the parents who gave you life. Be thankful to your employer and the grocery store that presents you with such a wide variety of good things to eat. Be thankful to your insurance company for covering the cost of your health care. If you are truly at the bottom with no way out, then be thankful for so many ways to commit suicide. (That's written with tongue in cheek, but I must say there's a grain of truth here.)
For my own part, I will continue to "praise God from Whom all blessings flow."
Throughout the month of November, I hope to conclude every entry I make by mentioning something for which I am thankful.
Today, I am thankful that my home is in the "Show-me state" countryside, with the Missouri River just a short horseback ride away. It's truly "God's country".