The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! ~Henry Ward Beecher
Thanksgiving used to be a huge deal in my family, my belated Aunt Connie would plan for a month. Most years she had to travel to her mom’s or my dad’s house in order to celebrate, my family is located all over the United States. Every year we would have the traditional menu that has always been served in our family on Turkey Day, for generations. It wasn’t a feast without turkey, ham, homemade cornbread stuffing, green ‘goddess’ (I don’t call it that) jello dessert, etc. Looks something like this pic on Pinterest . We’ve never variated too much on the main menu.
Sadly, we no longer get together with extended family much anymore. Ever since Aunt Connie (My most favorite person in the whole world) passed almost 20 years ago, we’ve still had the big dinner… Just not with anyone outside the immediate family and parents/siblings. She was the matriarch of the family, and I tried to step into the role for a while; then after several other deaths, a divorce, and several health issues, I became depressed, and I eventually lost almost everything.
Enough about the past! These days I try to stay in the here and now, putting one foot in front of the other. I I recommend for all persons to get around to the reconciliation of your past, forgive EVERYONE, and get on with whatever it is that you’d really like to do! Here’s my favorite quote:
My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it—all idealism is mendaciousness in the face of what is necessary—but love it.
~Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
I’ve learned to let things go! Count your blessings one by one. Appreciate the little things and go with the flow.🌷 About the future? Well in the words of Doris Day: “Then futures not ours to see”. My paternal grandmother, Ruby Mask loved to sing that song all the time.❣️
So, although I wish you all a wonderful holiday… I hope you will try to remember to Be Thankful every day.