Wednesday, November 27, 2013
he Pilgrim’s thanksgiving feast in 1621 occurred sometime between September 21 and November 1. It lasted three days and included 50 surviving pilgrims and approximately 90 Wampanoag Indians, including Chief Massasoit. Their menu differed from modern Thanksgiving dinners and included berries, shellfish, boiled pumpkin, and deer.
I am one of those 'count your blessings' type of people. Through much adversity I have learned to 'try' and see the blessings of each day. Some days are especially hard, like when a family member dies or you spend weeks on end in the hospital or rehabbing your broken body, but even then there are blessings. I haven't always been this way and it is my belief that I am because of the trials and travails that I have been through. I really do have a point here albeit lost in all my blathering. I have been richly blessed. I have people who love me, care about me and for me. I have survived without the burden of bitterness. I have survived to see the incredible sunset that graces us each day. ( I know the sun also rises but I am usually sleeping, still I am grateful!) I have survived.
For all of you survivors out there, and that is everyone of you, take a moment today to look towards the heavens and say 'thank you.' I hope your Thanksgiving/Hanukkah are wonderfully blessed with those you love and full plates. For so many of us who will be alone, hungry, cold and forgotten my hope is that you will be touched by the gift of other's generosity and that your hearts will feel the blessings of the warmth and kindness we all have to share.