Some Important Distinctions …


Gratitude - Henry Van DykeI have always liked this quotation, because it makes a clear and important distinction between internal emotions, expressions of those emotions, and actions to reinforce the emotions and words.

In other words, we feel good, we talk about why, we act to create that feeling in others …

I have never understood the compulsion some feel to wax eloquently about how grateful they are to have what they have, and yet do not act truly grateful for that state of affairs.

Gratitude is not about perfection or even “better than most” …

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Seasonal Greetings …


Turkey by Kakisky - Morguefile.com… and this is the season of Thanksgiving in America.

Tomorrow in the United States, we gather together to give thanks for freedoms enjoyed, to share fellowship with family and friends, enjoy food and drink, relax in safety and relative comfort, enjoying whatever version of the American Dream we each are working on.

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, as we say …

Interesting that while we do so, many of us are also engaging in intense discussions about whether to allow others the opportunity to enjoy those same things:   the chance to live in freedom, to be fed, clothed, and sheltered, to be happy, to enjoy life, and all that stuff.

The word “Thanksgiving” is a compound word, with two distinct but very connected parts:  “Thanks” and “Giving“.

THANKS …

…Gratitude or a sense of positive regard for what we have, rather than the manic pursuit of what we do not have, which will begin on either Thursday afternoon, Thursday evening, or Friday morning for many. Continue reading