▼Thanksgiving Inspiration: Abundance in the Midst of Scarcity▼Somewhere on a continent we shall leave unnamed, a single mother, already impoverished and
depleted by years of calculated, attritious custody battle, is searching for her kidnapped child.
How to wish that friend of mine or those with dying loved ones Happy Thanksgiving? A parable:
as she'd been led to believe. In fact it was a city full of wickedness, and ingrates. But she was
resilient and determined to make the most of it. And so with a boisterous and generous spirit
she went about doing good. This was a city, mind you, that beat the enthusiasm and positive
outlook out of everyone that came before her. Yet her goodwill was unrelenting. Gratitude,
in KànKàn, was something hoarded rather than shared. Or so most were raised to believe.
Wrongly, of course. And although KànKàn people liked to believe they were a “reserved”
or “conservative” people, the truth is, there was nothing reserved about their gossipy,
double-cross ways. Like her best friend previously, KànKàn people greedily took gifts
on offer, and quietly whisked each other away giggling, rarely bothering to say any
word of thanks. Often, with poker faces. But then slowly, their poorly concealed
suspicions started to show. Every move, every overture, psychoanalyzed. Good
deeds and/or blueprints, mocked or discredited. Others stolen; anonymously
did President Obama during his 8-year term intensified. So did murmurs,
hurtful slander, cynical gossip and bold attempts at sabotage. Unfazed
by their aspergery, she forged ahead, —choosing to focus her energy
on perfecting her craft. And knowing she was only passing through
KànKàn, on the way to a mountaintop of happiness, she clapped
and sang, and danced as she was tormented. She was grateful
that she had good, or perhaps better health than the cancer
of negativity, iniquity, or any burden of ill-will toward the
good she offered the world (around her). From glory to
glory, she succeeded. As her successes open doors to
high quality people of integrity and she was on her
way out she was asked by 2 curious school pupils
what she thought of KànKàn. “Be different. Be
thankful, ALWAYS. This is the best way to be
happy. It's better than look look” which is
loosely what kankan means in Mandarin.
Not engaging, is selfish, socially inept
people's way of enjoying life. Don't
wait for Thanksgiving Day. Always
put others first and thank them
for little as well as big things
and in doing so, you create
your own heaven even as
they feel validated and
blessed. Gratitude, is
therapy for the soul
while LaVar Ball &
by 2 ingrates
machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will
discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude,
a feeling that nurtures the soul.
Rabbi Harold Kushner
of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.
At times our light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us
has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within
us. We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say
thank you for something or someone in your life?
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