So today is Thanksgiving!
And I love food and this holiday, so I am all about chowing down.
But Not This Year
I just had my wisdom teeth out.
So I will not be able to partake in eating tons of food.
And to make matters worse, I am also on my period. So I’m enjoying pain in my mouth and my lower half.
But while it is easy to get hung up on the negatives in life and be unhappy, that is not what Thanksgiving is about. In a world where it seems as if things are getting worse and worse it is easy to get hung up on the negatives, to just hate on everything, be unhappy. And Abraham Lincoln knew this. As he was facing a time of unrest and uncertainty, just as we are, he decided we needed a day set apart to focus on the positives on the good things we have in life.
“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come..No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens…”
So I decided I was going to do the same. I am going to accentuate the positives, eliminate the negatives, and latch on to the affirmative.
So here we go, what I am thankful for.
1) My Family + Friends
They are always there for me and support me through everything
2) A Roof Over My Head + Food
I am happy to have a home, and food to eat. There are these all people should have, and not all do. I am thankful to be one of those who do.
3) My Country
I know it is not perfect and there have been problems past and present, but I love living in America where I am given rights that all should have.
Many criticize the pilgrims who came to America to begin with, but these people weren’t coming to destroy a nation, they came so that they could have a little bit of land in which they could worship as they please and live in harmony. They tried to work with the Native Americans, not harm them. The negative things came with later colonies who didn’t share the same ideas, mostly because of the people that were ruling Europe and the politics they were playing.
Anyways, one thing that my country does right is give us a freedom of speech. Something some people are trying to restrain all the time, but is currently still something we have. And it allows me to have this blog in which I can discuss whatever I want.
So know I may not be able to eat everything, but I am going to enjoy and eat the few things I can. Hello mashed potatoes and pie.
And I’m going to focus on all that I am grateful to have.
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Once upon a time when I was about seven or eight. A couple days before Thanksgiving I almost bit my tongue off jumping up the stairs… I got stitches and couldn’t eat any solids for a while.
That’s horrible! It must have been so painful.
Honestly the only thing I remember is the fact that I was happy because mom couldn’t make me eat the salad. Little kid logic. I can remember pain though, its just fuzzy.
How funny. I know what you mean though, as a kid your priorities are completely different.