I wanted to take a moment before everyone gets involved in their personal, real life.Thanksgiving Day endeavors to say I'm just plain ol' thankful; for nothing in particular but everything and everyone everywhere... and because I woke up again this morning, to appreciate all of this.

We all have a lot to be thankful for and so much that we take for granted. Our biggest worries might be hoping there will be enough chairs to put around the table, that the dog will not get a big bite of the turkey before it's been served, the kids won't hide green beans under the sofa cushions and that all the dinner guests will get along...as best they can.

Religion is not required for us to be humbled by our existence. No one needs a law to tell them to be grateful for people who love them, to cherish them and treat others the way they'd like to be treated.The Pilgrims weren't always a peaceful, sharing bunch. So let's not put them on too high a pedestal. We can't change the past.

The Pilgrims came here, set up camp, without any invitation or permission from the aboriginal peoples who's homeland they were invading. The Pilgrims were looking for their own freedom,
sometimes disregarding, sometimes ignorant of, what they were doing to others. We can not change the past. We can affect the future.

H. W. Westermayer said the Pilgrims "made seven times more graves than huts… nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving." Would have been nice though, if those religious Pilgrims had treated the aboriginal Americans with a little more of that Christian charity they came to express so freely. We need to remember that today too... but not just today.

I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land. ~Jon Stewart

Some people out there are having Thanksgiving all alone. To others, this a day like any other day. In some parts of the world people haven't the time or the resources to celebrate as we do but they are deeply grateful to live to see the sun rise or set once more, have a drink of clean water, eat a bit of bread or rice and have their children alive to be hugged for one more day...
even though there might not be a day set aside for it.

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is notcoincidence. ~Erma Bombeck

Some people are on the street, wondering if there will be a seat available at the local soup kitchen for them and hoping there might be pie there, like Mom used to make... And being thankful too, if there is a seat, even if the pie is not like what Mom used to make.

We're not the center of the universe. We're not even at the center of the Milky Frickin' Way. We are certainly not at the center of Earth. We are merely the center of our own attention and would do better if we got over ourselves all ready.

I am still here. You are still here. The sun came up again today... and I am so thankful for that. Kat In Nerdvana

Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present, and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting
about the future.
~Audrey Hepburn

If we meet someone who owes us thanks, we right away remember that. But how often do we meet someone to whom we owe thanks without remembering that? ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John F. Kennedy

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