I asked Anne Miner if she had a special message I could share with all you wonderful readers, as we approach Thanksgiving here in Canada. She told me that Thanksgiving is one of her favorite celebrations, a time for giving thanks for the advantages we enjoy in all of North America, a time to gather with family and friends, a time to remind family, friends, and relations of our love and appreciation, and a time to reflect on all we have to be grateful for.
This year, in a time of COVID19, we will be sharing our feast with our small bubble as we follow the recommended safety practices to keep ourselves, our family
members, and our friends safe. This will be a year of abundant phone conversations and virtual (e.g., Zoom) get-togethers.
Anne suggested the poem "Be Thankful" to reflect on.
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times, you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary, because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.
We wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving, wherever you may be and with whomever, you are celebrating!