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Thanksgiving Day: What are you thankful for?

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Dawn Moline
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« on: November 21, 2007, 01:04:36 pm »

Thanksgiving is another name for the Harvest festival, first commemorated by the Pilgrims to celebrate at Plymouth immediately after their first harvest, in 1621.

We have carried it on ever since, turned it into one long festival of Turkey, fixings, family, football and the like.

And yet, I get the feeling we have lost the meaning of Thanksgiving. It hasn't become the commercial enterprise that Halloween and Christmas have, and yet it's meaning now escapes us now all the same.

And so, I ask, on this Thanksgiving what are you the most thankful for?
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Dawn Moline
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2007, 01:06:29 pm »

I'll go first, but first this admission, I hate turkey, don't like cranberries, pumpkin pie, any of the things we eat as traditional dishes. It always seemed a time to gather all my least favorite foods.

But I am thankful that this year, at least, we have a renewal of hope.

Our troops are still in Iraq, I suppose I will be thankful if and when this war is ever over.

There was no Hurricane like Katrina this year, and I am glad that then hurricane season was a mild one, that another 1300 people didn't have to die. I will be thankful when all the people who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina find their homes again.

I am thankful that we didn't have another massive tsunami sweep through Asia, or anywhere to take the lives of 155,00 people, like in 2004.

And I am grateful that we didn't have another terrorist attack, like on 9/11, to kill another 3,000 civilians - I suppose, in retrospect, we are still finding their bodies.

And yet, that satisfaction is tempered when I think of Iraq, when I think of Darfur, when I think of all the places where we should be making a difference, but where we aren't. The world likes violence, that is for sure.

I guess, when it is all said and done, we can only concentrate on what we have and what we can do, rather than what we cannot. I am thankful for so many things personally, too many to name.

But the one thing I am thankful for the most is that this year, at last, was the birth of hope for a new and better existence. May that hope come to pass and may this world become a better one again.


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Jennifer O'Dell
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2007, 01:19:52 pm »

Sure, we should be thankful that Bush only has one more year left.
(Too bad it's not next year at this time, then it would be just two months).
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2007, 02:08:23 pm »

I am thankful I don't eat birds anymore.....

I am thankful that I have dear friends to share all this love with.....

I am thankful I notice things.... like the subtleties in the sky and the sound of wind and far off dogs....

I am thankful for all the second hand stores that have always provided me with the cornucopia of things I don't have to buy new.....

I am really thankful for the worst bad times that have shown me how to lift my spirit and not be damaged by them.....

I am thankful for the fellowship I find in this "family of choice".....

Thank You (in Japanese) Hado Water Crystal

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...a basic law:
the more you practice the art of thankfulness,
the more you have to be thankful for.
This, of course, is a fact.
Thankfulness does tend to reproduce in kind.
The attitude of gratitude revitalizes the entire mental process
by activating all other attitudes, thus stimulating creativity.
Norman Vincent Peale, American pastor, Author 1898-1993

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Thus ye may find in thy mental and spiritual self, ye can make thyself just as happy or just as miserable as ye like. How miserable do ye want to be?......For you GROW to heaven, you don't GO to heaven. It is within thine own conscience that ye grow there.

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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2007, 04:03:38 pm »

This is not very 'original' - I 'stole' it from Google.

Basically, though, this is what I am still thankful for, in spite of everything that's
going on.  I have learned to have great faith in YOU, Americans, and the follow-
ing, I believe, still holds true:

" ........I thought it would be better to share something with you that gives me hope and inspiration.
Many of you may very well be familiar with it already, Franklin D. Roosevelt's Four Freedoms Speech.

His timeless State of the Union speech was presented to the 77th United States Congress on January 6,
1941 while the world was in the midst of WWII. The genius of FDR makes us long for such thoughtful
leadership today.

Please take a moment to read from his remarkable observations.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!"

                                                     F. D. R. 'S   S P E E C H

"The nation takes great satisfaction and much strength from the things which have been done to make its people conscious of their individual stake in the preservation of democratic life in America. Those things have toughened the fiber of our people, have renewed their faith and strengthened their devotion to the institutions we make ready to protect.

Certainly this is no time for any of us to stop thinking about the social and economic problems which are the root cause of the social revolution which is today a supremefactor in the world. For there is nothing mysterious about the foundations of a healthy and strong democracy.

The basic things expected by our people of their political and economic systems are simple. They are:

Equality of opportunity for youth and for others.

Jobs for those who can work.

Security for those who need it.

The ending of special privilege for the few.
The preservation of civil liberties for all.

The enjoyment of the fruits of scientific progress in a wider and constantly rising standard of living.

These are the simple, the basic things that must never be lost sight of in the turmoil and unbelievable complexity of our modern world. The inner and abiding straight of oureconomic and political systems is dependent upon the degree to which they fulfill these expectations.

Many subjects connected with our social economy call for immediate improvement. As examples:

We should bring more citizens under the coverage of old-age pensions and unemployment insurance.
We should widen the opportunities for adequate medical care.
We should plan a better system by which persons deserving or needing gainful employment may obtain it.
I have called for personal sacrifice, and I am assured of the willingness of almost all Americans to respond to that call. A part of the sacrifice means the payment of more money in taxes. In my budget message I will recommend that a greater portion of this great defense program be paid for from taxation than we are paying for today. No person should try, or be allowed to get rich out of the program, and the principle of tax payments in accordance with ability to pay should be constantly before our eyes to guide our legislation.

If the congress maintains these principles the voters, putting patriotism ahead pocketbooks, will give you their applause.

In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression -- everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way-- everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want, which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants -- everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear, which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor -- anywhere in the world.



That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called "new order" of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb.

To that new order we oppose the greater conception -- the moral order. A good society is able to face schemes
of world domination and foreign revolutions alike without fear.

Since the beginning of our American history we have been engaged in change, in a perpetual, peaceful revolution, a revolution which goes on steadily, quietly, adjusting itself to changing conditions without the concentration camp or the quicklime in the ditch. The world order which we seek is the cooperation of free countries, working together in a friendly, civilized society.

This nation has placed its destiny in the hands, heads and hearts of its millions of free men and women, and its faith in freedom under the guidance of God. Freedom means thesupremacy of human rights everywhere.

Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights and keep them.

Our strength is our unity of purpose.

To that high concept there can be no end save victory."
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2007, 01:46:14 am »

Sure, we should be thankful that Bush only has one more year left.
(Too bad it's not next year at this time, then it would be just two months).

Amen to that sister.    Wink
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2007, 05:50:20 am »

I'm thankful for finding my cousin after 12 years.  But now I have to get bailing before my hubby kicks my hiney! 
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2007, 06:00:29 am »

Hi ,

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends here at AO . Sadly in Australia we don't celebrate this holiday ,I like it's theme.

 I am mainly thankful for not being in any physical pain Grin , that I am fairly healthy and so is everyone else I know .

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« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2007, 01:07:40 pm »

I am thankful that we have found such a great place to post our research, and that we have made so many new friends here, as well as renewed our acquaintences with old ones!

Bright Blessings,

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« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2007, 02:49:57 am »

Yeah Thank God fo rthe internet and Atlantis Online.
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