When I was young, I couldn't understand my grandmother's pride at displaying her full refrigerator and stock piled pantry. Later, I realized it was not pride she felt, rather she was full of gratitude for things she had lacked in the poverty of her youth.
I've always had my basic needs met and perhaps the level of my gratitude cannot have the depth of someone who hasn't. Still, I hope to cultivate an attitude of gratitude for everything that has had purpose in my life, and for life itself.
I think it's great that here in the U.S we celebrate Thanksgiving. It's wonderful to stop and take note of all that life has offered us.
Today and everyday I try to focus on what I perceive to be going well in my life. It's still too hard for me to be thankful for my trials and tribulations, though I know they are due to my own choices and to a Universal perfection that I am not wise enough to understand. Perhaps someday, when I am more evolved, I will be grateful even for my sorrows.
Though I appreciate my material comforts, I am most grateful for an intangible wealth that stems from love. I have so much love in my life - I receive it and hopefully I'm getting better at giving it away.
I think the circle of friends I've come to know on the blogosphere is centered on love. Clearly the very human characteristic of connectedness is here, as well as a fundamental giving of oneself, of support and genuine warmth and good wishes for others.
I am so glad to have ventured into this expanded world of writing, comments, memes and all that comprises what for me has been a veritable life saver. I assure you my life is so much fuller now.
So I am truly grateful for all of you my friends and I hope life is full of gratitude for you too.
And what do we expect from friends? Forgiveness. Don't know if you've noticed, but I've been absent for a while. Just enough time to give undivided attention to my immediate family. We celebrated Thanksgiving early due to work schedules. We ate too much, joked around (There's plenty of material for jokes when you get vegetarians and carnivores together at such a food filled time.) and had tons of fun.
I apologise for being away. But I'm back and can't wait to read what you have been up to.