Happy Thanksgiving, all! So much has been written and spoken about thankfulness, it seems wiser not to add too many of my own words to this entry, but just to point to some of the entries of others that have spoken to me:
http://www.gratefulness.org/brotherdavid/audio.htm (click at the left of the site to view a 5-minute video entitled “A Good Day,” showing earthly and human beauty, narrated by monk David Steindl-Rast; also viewable on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zl9puhwiyw)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDqrCNjDkUM (another 5 minutes or so of Youtube video; a David Pomeranz song “It’s in Every One of Us,” with a collage of wonderfully various and wise human faces)
http://www.questformeaning.org/reflecting/post/thanksgiving-is-sappy (a written meditation by a woman who blogs and ministers in southern Florida; “sappy” in the form of life-giving tree sap)
http://www.quotegarden.com/gratitude.html (the most eclectic list I’ve found so far of quotes by a variety of authors in a variety of traditions. One near the top of the list is a good reminder to me, when I’m tempted to complain about the loudness of the televised football game or the difficulties of getting the leftovers into the refrigerator:
The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.