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November 27, 2008

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving 2008 a blog
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It's been a while since I last posted and that's mostly because I couldn't just put up some pictures of Thanksgiving and say nothing about what I'm most thankful for.  And I couldn't post something else and leave this very important day without some form of meaningful reflection. 

When my spirituality was closer to the surface in my everyday life, I used to pray regularly and I had a self-imposed ritual/requirement of giving thanks for eleven things before asking God for even one extra blessing.   The Eleven Things were quite often just ordinary little minor things because I also pledged not to repeat myself and list prior blessings.  It was easy and my list often included stuff like "I'm thankful that I didn't get hit by that big blue truck when I made that illegal u-turn in front of my office today" or "Thank You for inspiring me to stand in the fastest line at the grocery store tonight because I got to pick up Michael three minutes early at school and hear all about how his best friend, Joey, threw up during recess.

This year, I'm starting over from scratch and counting my Eleven Largest Blessings from number 1.  It's hard because I have to list the TOP eleven things.   No doubt, I'll probably notice something I left out and I'll have to fight the urge to edit this post (but I won't).  There's always time to give thanks for those things later.  If only we remember to take the time to do so.

Here are my 11 Blessings:

  1. The love of a truly honorable man
  2. My three amazing children
  3. Loyal friends and loving family
  4. A healthy and happy heart
  5. My City (I can't think of any place I'd rather be)
  6. Traditions
  7. A sense of belonging.  Of being a meaningful part of something much larger
  8. Having "enough" (full refrigerator, full gas tank, etc)
  9. Humor:  The blessing of being able to laugh and smile and have hope even when times are hard
  10. My hobbies and the modest talent God has given me to participate in them 
  11. Freedom to choose:  My political beliefs, my religion, and - ultimately - my happiness. 

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You might notice that we've got spoons hanging from our noses in the picture above.  These spoons are part of our family silver and some pieces are more than 100 years old!   Possibly even 150 years old! Just think of all the noses those spoons have hanged from before ours!  ;)

PS:  If you're inclined to list your top eleven blessings, please link here because I'd love to read them!


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