Bare Essence Of Thanksgiving
It’s Thanksgiving Week in America. A lot of people from across the country travel to be with their families to celebrate a bountiful year of blessings. This day could mean a lot of things to a lot of people but it originated when the Pilgrims settled in America against all odds and befriended the original settlers of the land, the native Indians. The story can be long filled with dramas of struggle and survival but to make it simple, it’s a day that the Pilgrims and the Indians shared a precious blessing of family and friendship over a delicious meal that the land has provided. It was about celebrating a harvest toiled with sweat and tears among people who meant a lot for each other.
Thanksgiving In The Eyes Of A Child
Last week, my wife and I joined our son for a “Thanksgiving” lunch at his school. Some students wore a Turkey hat made of colored paper including my son’s class while the other sections wore an Indian hat. Everyone wore with pride the hats they made. My son was smiling at me happily as I greeted him, “Happy Thanksgiving.”
I asked him what he knows about this event aside from making a paper hat and sharing a simple yet delicious meal. He just smiled. I guess he assumed I knew the story better than him and decided that a “smile” was all I needed to figure out what it was all about. Hmm?
Thank You God…
After school, I browsed his bag for any assignments for the long holiday off from school or any remarks from his teacher including “Bad Day” notes. Inside his folder I saw a simple children “Thanksgiving” story with a profound message. It serves both as a coloring and story book. To me it serves as a reminder of the things I should be grateful about.
The story book goes like this.
Thank you God… for a strong ship.
Thank you God… for keeping us safe.
Thank you God… for the land we see.
Thank you God… for the help you sent.
Thank you God… for the food we eat.
Thank you God… for friends and family.
In a way despite of not knowing what is “Thanksgiving” for most of my life and only to discover what it was when I moved to America, this simple story showed me how beautiful and meaningful this holiday is. I don’t have to be born in America to realize how special this day is in the past , present and the future.
My Version Of Thanksgiving
Having to leave my homeland and migrated to a foreign soil, I somehow can relate to the “Thanksgiving” journey. A journey of hope and dreams, of success and failure, of happiness and pain, of joy and tears, of finding yourself , of trying to fit in and be a part of something, of loneliness and new beginnings.
102 Reasons To Be Thankful
Tonight, I was trying to finish as fast as I can answering comments and visiting the posts of my blogger friends who serve to inspire me each day to make new posts. By the time I was done, I have 102 comments including mine on the post titled Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast. I smiled with gratitude in my heart knowing these friends took their time, thoughts and hearts to share.
As I read each comment and reply, I can’t help but be thankful for each moving messages that brings forth motivation, enlightenment, meaning to one’s existence, of generous joy that I will always carry with me wherever I am.
Yes, there are 102 reasons , even more to be thankful this year but my top ones are as follows:
1. I’m thankful for the life God gave me. For keeping me and my family healthy and safe. For another borrowed year to enjoy what this beautiful world has to offer.
2. I’m thankful for my wife and son and for the love they give me each day. They make me face each day with a smile on my face and a glow in my heart.
3. I’m thankful for the blessing of having a job that I enjoy doing, that gives me a sense of worth, that gives me purpose, that helps others, that allowed me to meet the most amazing co-workers, that brings food to the table, that keeps me sane.
4. I’m thankful for the continuing strength, courage, the means to overcome, the support and prayers for each and every trial and hardships me and my wife had gone through. There’s more thorns ahead, some scary and piercing but knowing I have someone to share those battles with, I’m thankful for that as well.
5. I’m thankful for the fun and adventures me and my family were lucky to experience this year. Despite of having less, we had the most memorable and happy memories that no amount of money can buy.
6. I’m thankful for the love of family and friends whose goodness still amazes me to this day. They give without counting the cost and not expecting anything in return. Each day they teach me what is being selfless and giving is, of what it is to have a genuine heart that cares.
7. I’m thankful for a blog that allows me to be myself. A blog where expressing oneself leads to kind words from friends and not judgement. A blog where mutual inspiration and motivation happens everyday. A blog where hopes and dreams are shared and celebrated.
The Pilgrim Story Continues
Everyday, countless of people move to places and leave the one home they knew all their lives. Everyday, countless of people relive in a way what the Pilgrims went through when they left their land armed only with their faith, their dreams, the courage to persevere and the love of their families that gave them strength and inspiration.
I am and always will be one of these people who took a risk in making a journey into the new world. A journey no matter how hard and challenging, ends up with gratitude. A gratitude that calls for a celebration year after year.
In a way, the story of the Pilgrims continue even to this very day. It is no longer about faith alone but more on the will to survive and pursuing a better life.
Happy Thanksgiving my friend. Just remember it’s not about how good the Turkey taste but more on how and whom you share it with.
Thank you for sharing your day with me. Wishing you and your family tons of blessings filled with love, peace and happiness.
Today, I thank God for the special and treasured blessings of life, family, friends and of you.
What is your Thanksgiving Story? What’s the story of your journey.
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