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Confident, Contentment, Grateful, Thanksgiving

Give thanks to the God of gods. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His faithful love endures forever. ~ Psalm 136:2-3Ah, Thanksgiving.  What a beautiful day!  Many of us take a day away from our normal activities and commemorate that first Thanksgiving many, many moons ago.  I do so enjoy having a day off like that—a day to have permission by society to eat more than I usually do and sit around more than I should.  I have experienced many Thanksgiving Days.  When I was a child I probably did not give that day very much thought other than being grateful to have a long weekend away from school.  Now that I am older and wiser, I think more about these holidays and what they mean to me.  Melody Beattie said: “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”  In my middle age wisdom I am more grateful in my understanding of past experiences and relationships, and this does provide a certain amount of peace.  They do say that one must know where one came from in order to know where one is going.  All our past experiences and encounters with others are like building blocks building up to who we are today.  Do we like what we see?  If not, we can change what needs changing to make things better.  Personally, I like what I see in myself.  I am not perfect; my life is not perfect.  But all things are relative; maybe they are perfect enough for me.  Who is to judge!  I am happy; that is primary I am sure.  I do consider the future.  I like to go by the five year plan; it works for business and also personally.  Time to take stock of the last five years and create a vision for the future, which might, mind you, change every year-depends on what I am able to accomplish each year.   Like a good business, one must take time to do strategic planning, create a vision and goals and then determine who to get there from here.  Remember that good strategic planning might well begin with going on a retreat.  One does not have to go to a hotel room to do that; simply “take time.”  Take time to think.  Write out plans, goals, your vision, your plan of action, and how you will determine you have you succeeded in your goals.   I believe that while I may have a certain vision of the future, it may not work out exactly as I might plan.  I have to remember to go with the flow or just be flexible in all my dealings every day.  It is good to plan but flexibility comes in handy almost every day; things do not always go according to plan.  You see, stuff happens and life changes, sometimes life turns on a dime.  Then we realize other things or people for whom we can be grateful. The key, I believe, is to stay grateful, be positive, focus on that silver lining behind every dark cloud, and keep looking up.  Amazing things happen we least expect them.  Be confident that you are a valuable person.  Everyone has something to contribute to every meeting, every group, every community and every family.  And be thankful for your journey up to this point.  Maybe that journey was not pretty; maybe it was sublime.  It does not matter because every day, beginning with today, you have the opportunity to change direction.  Be grateful for your journey; it is your story.   Here are some quotes to help you wonder while you ponder:
Thanksgiving like contentment is a learned attribute. The person who hasn't learned to be content we will not be thankful for he lives with the delusion he deserves more or something better. ~ Robert FlattThe very fact that a man is thankful implies someone to be thankful to. ~ John BaillieIf a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get. ~ Frank A. ClarkAs we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~ John Fitzgerald KennedyNone is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy. ~ Fred De Witt Van AmburghGive thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. ~ Psalm 118:1For more quotes, go to http://quotations.about.com/od/specialdays/a/thanksgiving2.htmHappy Thanksgiving!Your Faith Companion - Cindy

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