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Concocting Thankfulness

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Amid the backdrop of societal problems of racial injustice, religious violence, political corruption, patriarchal rape culture, unbridled banking industry crimes, insane sports and entertainment industry salaries, over-commercialization of holidays, and overall people’s misplaced priorities, we pause in the US today to give thanks.

Our Thanksgiving holiday harkens back to a time when one tribe of people gathered together with the indigenous people whom were seen as lesser-than, to feast over their bounty and good fortune. Somehow, the feast became an annual tradition, despite the despicable behavior of the dominant group that whitewashed deeds to allow themselves to feel okay with their means to an end.

DSCN2604eToday I enjoy the luxury of living with horses. They give me many reasons to be thankful. I am acutely aware of the privilege that contributed to the opportunity for me to achieve this luxury. It requires some mental exercise to get beyond the guilt and shame over the behavior of the people who came before me to pave my way.

Our horses help me focus on the present moment. They live without pretense, ask for little, and give to no end.

For the American holiday of Thanksgiving, I struggle to identify with the thanks being brandished about, but for the genuine art of being thankful, I am all in.

There is much love and plenty of family and friends to be thankful for, and in that regard I am richly blessed. My solution to dealing with all the ills of the world is to send love equally in all directions. Where I don’t feel love, I can produce it. From that effort comes genuine feelings of love, suddenly manifest. It’s not unlike thankfulness.

Love and thanks are not far apart. I am thankful for very many things, and today I will contemplate that. I send my love to you all, and hope that you find much to be thankful for, too.

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Written by johnwhays

November 27, 2014 at 7:59 am

Posted in Chronicle

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  1. What a wonderful sentiment that I want to remember! We are thankful for your friendship and wish continued healing to Cyndie. Barb and Mike

    Mike and Barb Wilkus

    November 29, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    • Thank you! Healing progress is evident, including the not so surprising inevitable occasional setbacks. Mostly making progress in the good direction, thankfully.

      johnwhays

      November 29, 2014 at 10:59 pm


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