A Thanksgiving FableThe Misunderstanding of Happiness Series | Images Hyperlinked

happy stranger once came through a town called KànKàn. He came singing, and clapping &

dancing. He came with gifts. Loads of gifts. And he tirelessly shared & shared,  —every day.

He often happily greeted KànKàn residents by extending a handshake to men looking in his

direction, but flustered others who were put off by his happy disposition & “weird ways

and gifts” even more, with his “overzealous hugs. At first, KànKàn residents came out

in droves, taking whatever gifts were on offer, and quietly whisked each other away,

giggling. Sometimes, with poker faces, too. But rarely any word of thanks or offer

to help the happy stranger clean up after his free performances. Quiet suspicion

increasingly greeted his every move, performances and overtures with KànKàn

citizens mostly preferring to watch, take, and enjoy anonymously. When the

happy stranger,  appeared to be dozing off or out practicing & perfecting

his craft in the woods. He was aware of the murmurs, & cynical gossip

reactionary, obtuse rituals aimed at otherizing him that which grew

louder and less covert. Yet he was unfazed by their aspergery, for

he knew he was only passing through KànKàn,  —on the way to a

certain mountaintop. The mountaintop of happiness. He knew

that “The sinner makes his own hell by doing evil, and the

saint his own heaven by doing right.” So undaunted, he

sang, as some KànKàn residents took note, words like

Love is too happy to bring me down. Clap along if

you  feel  like happiness is the Truth. Can't no-

thing bring me down. I'm a hot air balloon, I

could go to space. Can't nothing bring me

down. Because I'm happy!” Before the

happy stranger left KànKàn, a little

girl & boy who always had runny

noses, approached the happy

stranger and said: “We will

be your friend. But first,

what's the meaning of

KànKàn? Smilingly,

he said, “..Silent

onlooker? OK.

Grateful and

in touch is


○ ○ ○THANKSGIVING TO ME, IS AN EVERYDAY AFFAIR. THE OCCASION ITSELF, IS A REMINDER TO STOP, LOOK & REFLECT.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 KushnerReal 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.

Maya AngelouPEACE



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