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Haiku: Happy Thanksgiving In Ten Takes…

“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” William Blake

Haiku:  On Thanksgiving, we share an abundance of good food

Haiku: Thanksgiving –  A Bountiful Harvest means sharing good food

Haiku: Happy Tahnskgivng in ten takes - Menorah Livhts; This year Hanukkah starts on the same day

Haiku: Thanksgiving – Menorah Lights; This year Hanukkah starts on the same day

Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s formed with 5 syllables
I’m grateful for that

On this special day
We give thanks for our blessings
Gratitude abounds

A rare gift this year
Hanukkah and Thanksgiving
Let’s celebrate both

A quote floated by…
“Thankful people are happy!”
On Facebook today

Say thanks and prayers
Life is short. We never know…
For whom the bell tolls

Thanksgiving is truly the beginning of the Holiday Season in the US, and families gather to give thanks, celebrate with loved ones and share their good fortune. The WP DailyPost Weekly Challenge called for five days of Haiku, and I have duly indulged my love of the genre here; Two for each day = a total of Ten stanzas (five above and five below) in honor of Thanksgiving.  I chose the traditional  17 morae Haiku 5-7-5 phrasing/syllable format. Line 1 = 5; Line 2 = 7; and Line 3 = 5 syllables.  Share yours below. Enjoy!
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” Henry Van Dyke

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for the changing face of nature and her seasons

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for gatherings on healthy living, service, advocacy and love for others

I’m thankful I grew up the way I did. It made me a hard worker and insightful to other people’s lives. Rachel Roy
I’m thankful for every moment. Al Green
I am most thankful to Almighty Providence for mercies received, and determined still to press the case into public notice as a token of gratitude. William Banting
I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. Woody Allen
I’m thankful to my family, friends, and fans for all of their support. Serena Williams
I’m thankful for serendipitous moments in my life, where things could’ve gone the other way. Rick Springfield

What are we thankful for? In my Thanksgiving post, I shared my recipe for thankfulness and it included the following: love, life, friends, family, health, our home, everyone, everything that uplifts humanity, pets, the power of prayer and God’s immutable grace… For this post, I’m sharing a few collages that represent the breath of life in all things; the changing face of nature and her seasons, the joy of living animal beings – lessons in surrender, the pleasure of food, nourishment and celebrations, gatherings on healthy living, service/love for others, and snippets of friends, family and blogger meetups. As Oprah Winfrey  said in the November issue of O magazine, “I just made gratitude a daily priority. I went through the day looking for things to be grateful for and something always showed up.

Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts. Allen Cohen

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for the joy of living animal beings – lessons in surrender

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for snippets of friends, family and bloggers meetups

I am thankful, of course, for the prize and thankful to God for each story, each idea, each word, each day. Isaac Bashevis Singer
I’m thankful for the incredible advances in medicine that have taken place during my lifetime. I almost certainly wouldn’t still be here if it weren’t for them. Billy Graham
I’m very thankful to be doing what I’m doing. I feel very blessed. Justin Timberlake
I’m thankful for my songs being at the top of the charts but I am human – I think people still have to remember that. Delta Goodrem
I’m very humbled and honored. I’m very thankful to the Asian-American Community for all their support! Jeremy Lin
I’m thankful to get the opportunity to direct. I hope I don’t mess it up. Mark Harmon

I’m thankful for the breath of life in all things… If you noticed, above and below, I have added “I’m thankful for…” quotes from a wide range of people; each is a personal testament of faith and the grace that comes with a grateful heart. We honor whatever we are thankful for through our actions and commitments, so the least we can do is to stay connected to our vision and express our gratitude/thankfulness on a regular basis. Our thankfulness quotient is like a muscle, the more we affirm it, the stronger it becomes.

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine. Thomas Jefferson

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for the pleasure of food, nourishment and celebrations

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for the Gatherings of wise, musical nourishment and celebrations

And I’m so thankful that I’ve been allowed to show another side of Trish. Trish Stratus
I am thankful I can see much to admire in all religions. Alfred Russel Wallace
I’m thankful for not ever taking anything illegal. Pedro Martinez
I’m just really thankful to have the chance to portray a character you don’t see every day. Regina King
I’m thankful for all the things that this job has given me and my family. But probably the thing that I am most proud of throughout my career is that, not only I myself, but my family and the people around me have just been regular people, which we are. Brett Favre
I feel so thankful that I’m able to be a part of something that I love to wake up and run to work every day. Alexander Wang

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. W. Clement Stone This is a great question and response. When we are thankful, we feel lifted and empowered. Our spirit of generosity is also elevated and we give more to those who have little…This holiday season is a great time to practice giving, sharing and helping others. Thank you! More below.

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Reflections: What Are You Most Grateful For…?

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Melody Beattie

Reflections: What Are You Most Grateful For…?

TEDxSF – Louie Schwartzberg – Gratitude

“Since 1996 I had accumulated more wealth, more responsibility, more possessions; everything, it seemed had grown exponentially – except my happiness. How had I, with all my options and opportunities, become one of those people who never have time to feel delight? I was stretched in so many directions; I wasn’t feeling much of anything. Too busy doing… But the truth is, I was busy in 1996 too. I just made gratitude a daily priority. I went through the day looking for things to be grateful for and something always showed up.” Oprah Winfrey. What I Know For Sure O Magazine November 2012

Recently, I was reading the November issue of O Magazine when I came across the above comment from Oprah. It was on the last page in her What I Know For Sure editorial. We all get busy in our lives and, as Oprah suggested, it is quite easy to find ourselves skipping some of those spirit lifting, shape shifting tools that help us stay balanced. Then, thankfully, when a friend or a situation reminds us of that imbalance, we can revert to our spirit of gratitude again and find some peace within.

For Oprah, it was the difficult struggles with building OWN that tilted her off her daily gratitude scale. After ten years of writing a daily gratitude journal on five things she was grateful for each day, she found herself slipping. There have been times this year when I have found my spirit waning and the beliefs I hold dear felt tired. Then we catch a glimpse of someone making that extra push, or someone says an encouraging word and we reach deep down for those reserves. We reach for what I call our Life force … and then we remember – I Can Do It! Yes, the effort is worth it. I’m most grateful for the Life Force; that spark within that keeps us breathing, believing and doing… Without life, nothing else matters. More below.

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