28 November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is the American Thanksgiving holiday. An official holiday since 1863, it hearkens back to the early American Colonists of 1621 who often held days of "thanksgiving" - days of feasting and prayer  - generally after an event such as surviving drought or a military victory. It's a day set aside to count blessings and - for the religiously minded - give thanks to God. 

Ask anyone about their list of what they are thankful for and you'll get common responses: family, friends, job, home. My list includes those as well plus other responses. I want to share one.

I'm thankful for heartache. It means I still have the capacity to love, to care, to believe that each 'next time' I behave differently and approach the relationship in a different manner. If there is no long lasting 'next time' then my heartache is a reminder that - for what it is worth - I truly loved someone. As it is sung in "Les Miserables" - To love another person is to see the face of God.

There are, of course, other things for which I am thankful. But for this year, this will suffice.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.


PS: This is my 1,000th post!


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Matthew Gregory said...

Yay 1000 posts! And Happy Thanksgiving HUGS to you too, behr!

Rick said...

I hope you had a great day and that your long weekend is peaceful.
Congratulations on your 1000 post!!!

Nik_TheGreek said...

Happy holidays! :-)