Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the USA and Friday is known as Black Friday, a day when millions will crowd the shops starting in the wee hours of the morning searching for bargains. The reason they call it Black Friday is that stores everywhere deeply discount their goods in an effort to sell enough that they will have a profitable Christmas season. Unfortunately the economy will probably limit sales but I am sure it will not limit the crowds. While my wife and daughters will be out and about I’ll be staying home avoiding the madness.
While tomorrow is the National Holiday Friday is also a day off for many. In that spirit I have told my computer and all its attached devices that they can take off until next Monday. They have preformed well and deserve the rest. So Today will be the last Daily until next week. Oh yes and please do me a favor, enjoy the next few days. I am thankful that we are connected I hope you are as well.
I think the following message from Ralph Marston is worth thinking about as we enjoy our day of thanks:
How often do you stop to count your blessings? In your daily struggle for more, how often do you feel joyful and thankful for the many, many things you already have?
In your ambitious quest to better your life, be careful that you don’t overlook the wealth that you already have. Wealth? Yes, wealth that is very real and very accessible to you.
Did you know that you already have abundant wealth? Perhaps you don’t feel like it if you’ve just paid the bills. Yet each and every one of us has an abundance that is almost beyond comprehension. The secret is to tap into that abundance and use it to do whatever we want to do.
And the process starts with counting your blessings. Taking stock of the things you have, the things you know, the people in your life, your spirituality, your skills, your opinions, your special perspective on life, your family, your hobbies, your sense of humor, your appreciation for beauty, your caring for others, your concern for those less fortunate, your ability to see opportunity. The list of possibilities is endless, and these things all have value beyond anything you can imagine.
I challenge you to take a good hard look at yourself and to count your blessings. Think of as many of them as you can. Think of the beauty and richness of your life. These things don’t require money or power or position. They all spring from your attitude, the way you react to situations, the way you value others, the way you value life itself.
Right now, within yourself, you have the ability to do anything you want with your life. You have complete control of your behavior, your actions from minute to minute. Look deep inside yourself and tap into the wealth that lies hidden within you. It is there if only you will look, and the best way to find it is with an attitude of thanksgiving and joy.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
I wrote this on this day six years ago, I feel the same way today.
Have you noticed that all the nay-sayers and negative people are seldom grateful. They always think they deserve more and others deserve less. It is sad that they go through life without realizing all the important things that we have. Melody Beattie had it right when she said:
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
"The 50-50-90 rule: Any time you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong."
After years of scrimping and saving, a husband told his wife the good news: "Honey, we’ve finally saved enough money to buy what we started saving for in 1979."
"You mean a brand-new Cadillac?" she asked eagerly.
"No," said the husband, "a 1979 Cadillac."
Q: How many witches does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: Into what?
Max fell in love with Maureen, but the pretty Irish lass wouldn’t marry him unless he converted from Judaism to Catholicism. Love being stronger than any other emotion, Max undertook the studies that would make him a good Catholic.
Some months later, Maureen ran into her friend Paula, who asked, "When’s your wedding?"
Maureen answered, "There’ll be no wedding."
"Max studied so hard he now wants to be a priest!"
DIPLOMAT: A person who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
It was a stifling hot day and a man fainted in the middle of a busy intersection. Traffic quickly piled up in all directions, and a woman rushed to help him. When she knelt down to loosen his collar, a man emerged from the crowd, pushed her aside, and said, "It’s all right honey, I’ve had a course in first aid."
The woman stood up and watched as he took the ill man’s pulse and prepared to administer artificial respiration. At this point she tapped him on the shoulder and said, "When you get to the part about calling a doctor, I’m already here."
Being a husband is like any other job. It helps a lot if you like the boss.
A drummer on a big band was having trouble with his time. He kept getting behind the beat and the band is getting fed up and goes to the leader and says he should be fired.
However, the leader says he’s known the guy forever, he’s always been a good drummer, and he’ll talk to the guy and see what the problem is. He goes to the drummer, who admits he’s having problems and who says he’s working on it and to please not fire him.
But things get worse. He keeps slowing down the beat and coming in late and finally the whole band threatens to quit.
The leader has to fire him.
The drummer is so depressed that he goes down to the railroad tracks and throws himself behind a train.
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw
Nina and Rosey shared the chores and on this day Nina went to the grocery store. In addition to the healthful items on their carefully prepared shopping list, she returned with a box of sugar-laden cookies.
Nina noticed Rosey’s glare and said, "This box of cookies has one-third fewer calories than usual."
"Oh really?? Why is that?" Rosey asked.
"I ate a third of the cookies on the way home," Nina replied.
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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