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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Thankfulness 101



Today, tomorrow and, I hope, every normal, average day forever, I want to be thankful. Don't sigh....I know it's Thanksgiving and that it's sappy, emotional, and even expected that I should write some sort of expected message on the subject--along with the myriad of other writers across our nation. Years ago, we started Gratitude Journals. Believe me, we meant well. We tried to write in these little journals five things each day that we were grateful for. We did it regularly for a month or two. I saw them just the other day...hiding out in a drawer. Are we any less thankful? Nope. Not at all. In fact, we are two very thankful gay guys. Frequently saying to one another "we sure have a lot to be thankful for." And we do. I refuse to do a list. It would be long, belabored, and unnecessary. It goes so far beyond geography, family, friends, health, finances, jobs, insurance, blah blah blah. Or even the card that you may feel you've been dealt in life. It's an attitude, a way of life, a choosing of one's heart and mind to live in a certain way. A sort of intersecting of the spirit, the soul, the heart, the head. Doesn't really have anything to do with what we have or don't have. Whether our cupboard is full or empty.....matters not. Job or no job. Who cares. On this, the eve before a particular day decreed on a calendar, and not unlike many other similar days, we are thankful, grateful, appreciative. As the food is being shoved in, licked up off the plate, and remade into leftover sandwiches, we are thankful, grateful, and any other similar adjective you can dig up. We're going to be tomorrow too. Oh, and the next day also. And did I mention next week? Live and, with humbleness, give thanks.

12 comments:

Not so Single Guy said...

Happy thanksgiving mate. I hope you have a good one!

Fourhorsemen said...

One should *always* be grateful for what they have been blessed with in this mortal world.

Matt said...

Very nice post Lewis. Perfect Thanksgiving message.

Have a great Thanksgiving ... and Friday, and Saturday etc. etc.

Matt

Spider said...

What a wonderful message Lewis... hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Ryan said...

happy thanksgiving! awesome post!

Blair said...
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Blair said...

You continue to amaze me each and every day of our lives together! I have so much to be thankful for in you alone........not to mention all of the wonderful blessings in the people and places that surround us each and every day!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jimmi said...

You know being grateful is inside, you don't alway shave to write it, you know in your heart what you are thankful for. In this busy life most of us lead, we tend to forget small things, but that doesn't discount or make the tings we are thankful for less important. It just makes it that much more special at these times of year when you can remind yourself of the reason you are happy.

Tony said...

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving Lewis!! I know I did.

Sorted Lives said...

Found your blog through Tony -- great site! Enjoyed reading the 102 things about you and look forward to more!!

Red7Eric said...

I absolutely agree; gratitude is an attitude. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Lewis!!

Robert said...

Thanks for the link Lewis. We can never be too thankful on what we have, and also on what we don't have.

Happy Thanksgiving! :-) xoxo