Thanksgiving Inspiration: Abundance in the Midst of ScarcitySomewhere 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:

Once upon a time, a happy stranger passed through a city, called KànKàn. It was not as vibrant

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

enjoyed. Reactionary, obtuse rituals aimed at “otherizing” her, as the GOP

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 &

Trump-ego feud

is ingratitude,

by 2 ingrates

who cannot

teach you




○ ○ ○Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted — a paved road or washing

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

○ ○ ○Real life isn't always going to be perfect or go your way, but the recurring acknowledgement

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?

Albert Schweitzer | William A. Ward | Cynthia Ozick | Sarah Ban Breathnach

Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.

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