Around Thanksgiving we start to think about saying goodbye to the old year and hello to the new. The New Year ushers in clean slates—an opportunity for us to change, add positive elements to our lives or remove negative energy that surrounds us daily. What if we lived in a world where change was forbidden or you could never wipe the slate clean?
I’m thankful for clean slates.
I look around and see unspeakable tragedy, a teen beaten to death in New York, a hate crime in Pennsylvania, the shooting of a priest in a small town. Big things. And then I realize how truly fragile life is. I have a place to live, cars that run, heat, and electricity—little things we take for granted.
I’m thankful for little things.
My cupboards are full and so is my refrigerator. On Thanksgiving my table groans with platters of food, laughter of children and smiles from elderly members of our family. Did you know that one out of eight children in the US go to bed hungry?
I’m thankful for groaning tables.
I love that my children still like hang out with me, truly want my company. Tell them you love them every time you see them on a sweet visit, hug them, show them how blessed you are they were sent to journey through life with you.
I am thankful for sweet visits.
Meows and Barks
Cats have saved owners from burning buildings, dogs have rescued drowning children. Your pet in most cases will always choose you over anyone else in the world. Your pet gives you unconditional love, friendship, and loyalty. Give it back and you’ll never be sorry.
I am thankful for meows and barks.
The joy of writing
I’m horrible at math, not very good at biology or science either. But someone gave me a gift I’m sure I’m not worthy of. If you open a dictionary and choose a word, 90 percent of the time I can tell you the meaning. One thing I can always count on is the ability to string words together. I’m gonna ride this one out for as long and as far as it will take me.
I am thankful for the joy of writing.
Random acts of kindness
A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual or in some cases an animal. There will generally be no reason other than to make people smile, or be happy. An oft-cited example of a random act of kindness is when paying the toll at a toll booth; pay the toll for the car behind you as well.
I am thankful for random acts of kindness.
4,355 US soldiers have died in the Iraq war and 909 in Afghanistan. I realize giving one’s life is the ultimate sacrifice. This Thanksgiving, thank them/pray for them for surrendering all they ever were or could ever hope to be to ensure our freedom.
I am thankful for freedom.
Friends and family
I saved the best for last. I have made wonderful friends over the years and have been blessed with the most wonderful family. On Thanksgiving and every day of the year I will remember to be thankful for friends and family.
I am thankful for friends and family.
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Kat Bryan writes for New Concepts Publishing, The Wild Rose Press and has several books listed at Celestrial Books.
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Sojourn With A Stranger here: http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/sojournwithastranger.htm
Blood Lust here: http://www.celestrialbooks.com/apps/webstore/products/show/910100
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