Thursday, November 25, 2010

Give thanks.

The pilgrims celebrated Thanksgiving by honoring their generous God with a bountiful feast. And today, we carry on that tradition with feasts of our own. Tables everywhere get piled high with turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. Even corn bread, cranberries and pumpkin pie. Around those tables, families and friends will gather in thanksgiving. Some will take a moment to allow each person at the table to describe one thing they are thankful for. Others will dive right into the food.

Whatever your tradition, find some time to remind yourself of that which you are thankful for. Be it your parents or significant other, pet or best friend. Health, happiness or distant memories. Be it your job, your education or your this, that or the other.

We live in a society that so easily takes everything for granted, so we must constantly remind ourselves that this life is a gift. Every aspect of it is a gift. And it must be enjoyed. Really, truly enjoyed. So give thanks. And at the very least, thank that turkey who so graciously gave up its feathers to be the centerpiece of your feast. Hopefully you're privy to a good bird this year. Perhaps one that grew up at a place like this:

Now, I can't say for sure where our turkey came from, but I am certainly hoping it'll taste good. As silly as it sounds, I'm always very thankful for that first taste of Thanksgiving Day turkey. You know, the bite you steal off the bird as your dad starts carving it to pieces. (Someone's gotta test it!) And I'm also very thankful for the following, even though these images represent but a portion of all that I happen to be thankful for.

Question: What are you thankful for?

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