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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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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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Inspiration: A Thanksgiving Memory…

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” E.P. Powell

Inspiration: A Thanksgiving Memory... Everyone has special stories to share...

Thanksgiving season is upon us and with it will be many opportunities to gather with friends and family to enjoy a simple or extravagant meal. The original idea behind Thanksgiving was to use the occasion to express our gratitude for a bountiful harvest and share our good fortune by preparing a delicious meal and inviting loved ones over to join in the festivities. It is also a time for reflection; a time to be grateful for all the good things in our lives and offer a prayer of thanks and goodwill.

When I first arrived in the USA, I didn’t have family around and so my first Thanksgiving would have been spent in a college dorm alone with other foreign students; eating whatever the university prepared for us that weekend. Fortunately for me, one of my good college friends, Lisa G, invited me to her home for my first Thanksgiving meal. Initially, I was reluctant because I didn’t want to impose on a family event but she insisted and I’m glad I went because it was memorable.

“Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song.” ~ Konrad von Gesner

Inspiration: A Thanksgiving Memory... The first Thanksgiving in America...

Lisa G lived in Brooklyn and came from a very large and extended African American family. Lisa explained to me, as we prepared to leave for the subway that morning on our way to her family home, that everyone brings a dish or two, and her Aunts compete with each other to make the tastiest dishes and desserts for the occasion. She assured me there would be multiples of everything; including the traditional turkey. There were several prepared turkeys and the abundant food didn’t disappoint.

When we arrived at her family home, Lisa’s mom and and a couple of Aunts were running around in the large kitchen, grabbing pots and pans and putting things in the oven or fridge. There was excitement in the air and a rich aroma of spices, baked goods, and turkey dominated the space. We offered to help and were sent off to set the two tables in the dining area. Then we helped set up the drinks table; alcoholic beverages, eggnog, sodas, juices and water. After that, we helped chop vegetables; collard greens, onions, peppers, and such. While we helped out in the kitchen, guests and family members streamed in bearing large dishes of food; apple pies, sweet-potato pies, macaroni and cheese, green-bean salads, red velvet cake, carrot cake, and a turkey or two. We collected the food and added them to the growing display of food on the long side table. Hope You Have a Happy Thanksgiving! More below… :-)

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