“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
I often find myself marveling at how much I have to be thankful for in this life. Some of my greatest blessings, I can now see, stem from the adversities that I have endured, as this is when I have had my “growth spurts”. As a dear friend reminded me the other day, many seeds begin the germination process in the dark and we are no different (thank you Lisa for that bit of wisdom). Don’t get me wrong, I relish those times where life is humming along and my spirit soars, full of light and love, when compassion and gratitude seem to imbue my every fiber. I am blessed to be at such a place in my life right now and recognize that many are not, with so much suffering in the world.
Today, with Thanksgiving fast approaching, I give thanks for all my experiences, as they have made me, well me. I am thankful for having enough and not wanting for much of anything. I am most thankful for family and friends, even those friends that I have never personally met but whose blogs I read daily, across the far reaches of this universe, those who touch me in the most profound ways, beyond what they could ever imagine.
For those who live with far too little and whose suffering is great, I pray that there is someone in your lives to extend a healing hand, as I have been fortunate enough to have had time and again in my life. Let us all be reminded that there is much life to be lived, no matter where we are at on our path.
Blessings to everyone on this special holiday for a day full of light and love.
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52 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving, with a Grateful Heart”
Wow! Another great photo and wonderful, thoughtful words of wisdom.Thank you for being you.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. I like your words of refection.
Thanks Meme and Happy Thanksgiving to you. 🙂
I don’t celebrate thanksgiving (being a yukker – from the UK) but I find myself more and more drawn to writing a Thanksgiving type of post.
We could all write one of those type posts now and again, couldn’t we? 🙂
Yes we could. I think I will tomorrow. Haven’t really got time today – not that there’s much left of it for me now anyway 😉 This last year I have a great deal to be thankful for.
So glad to hear. 🙂
This is a wonderful, honest, and heartfelt post. I am thankful for you, your outlook on life, your generosity and ever timely and encouraging words. Happy thanksgiving and with all sincerity, I am glad I “know” you.
Hugs and love. God bless
Ok, now you’ve done it! I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes writing this. Thank you so much for your touching comment Boomie. I also am glad I “know” you and sincerely wish you much success with your writing or whatever you choose to do. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂
Wonderfully put and beautifully written. It is said tears of sadness water the seeds of happiness. Being away from friends and family, especially on holidays is not easy. The words you’ve written are so true and comforting. Blessings and love to you and Terry and the happiest of Thanksgivings dear friends.
So glad to hear from you Les. Hope you are both settling into your new lives in Newberry, SC. Much love to you and David and a blessed holiday. How is your writing coming along?
Happy Thanksgiving to you, LuAnn. Love your words and the beautiful sunset. 🙂
Thanks Ad. Happy Thanksgiving to you. 🙂
Thank you, Luann.
December 9. I’m meeting another blogger on the 8th. Then I’ll dash to SD that night for sports night. Hopefully, I get the energy to get up the next morning for our meet-up. Don’t worry, I’ll be there wherever it is.
Rommel, I am going to suggest meeting somewhere in the middle. I am doing some research right now but haven’t been that direction in some time. San Juan Capistrano, Huntington Beach, etc. Any thoughts?
Haven’t been in years so sounds like a great idea. Any thoughts on where you would like to meet and when?
I’m not at all familiar with Dana Point so anything you decide will do for me.
Thank you Luann. Happy thanksgiving to you and Terry and all your loved ones 🙂
Eloquently said, LuAnn! This will be my daily reminder. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Terry. 🙂
I try to celebrate Thanksgiving every day but sometimes I do it with pumpkin pie.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving…….beautifully written 🙂
Thanks Ingrid. Happy Thanksgiving to the two of you. 🙂
Thank you, LuAnn. We have so many blessings to be thankful for. Each day and night I thank our dear Lord many times for the shower of blessings He has given me.
Happy Thanksgiving to you!
Thanks Marsha. Someday we hope to meet you and your husband.
A wonderful & thoughtful post for the upcoming holiday.
Wishing you & yours a happy & blessed Thanksgiving!
Thanks RoSy. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. 🙂
Thank you 🙂
A wonderful day to you too girl!
Back at ya’! What are you two cooking up today? Since I was introduced to your pressure cooker, I have been cooking up a storm. 🙂
My dear friend to all of you who enjoy reading my blog I want blessed, and joyous Thanksgiving Day
Thank you Stefan. 🙂
What a perfectly lovely post. I can’t agree more about those growth spurts that seem to come out of adversity. So glad we have so much to be thankful for. Wishing everyone did. One thing I’m thankful for is your friendship… even if it’s only virtual so far! May today be perfect for you. Are you sacrificing the bird?
We do have much to be thankful for. I am thankful for your friendship as well Gunta, and hope someday to meet you in person. We are not sacrificing the bird today. I’m not a big fan of turkey. Not that I’m a vegan however. I tried that and it just didn’t work for me. How about you?
I’ve never been much of a meat fan. Still remember having to sit at the table until I ate my portion of meat. Having said that, I do enjoy a good free range bird now and then (but not the pathetic creatures they sell in the supermarkets). To me, this day is like most others. I used to drive my hubby nuts by not sacrificing the bird on the “correct” day. It tended to be whenever I felt like it. I see the sun peeking out and I may enjoy another day meandering out to the beach. Yet to be determined. 😉
I will look forward to some beautiful coastline shots. 🙂
Beautiful LuAnn! I finally got around to subscribing to your blog and can see I’ve been missing out! 🙂 Thanks for connecting with me on mine so I could discover yours! 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope someday to follow in some of your footsteps in travels around the globe. 🙂
🙂 I’m sure if you put your heart on it, you will!
A very happy Thanksgiving to you both. With all my love. Ralph x 😀
Thank you Ralph. Living in Spain, do you celebrate this day?
No. I am afraid not, but I am enjoying reading the many blogs that celebrate Thanksgiving with wonderful pictures of food and thankfulness 😀
a lovely post and Happy Thanksgiving
Indeed a lovely post for this beautiful day of thanks.
Your words are true and heart touching, Lu Ann. You are so right when you said that, many people do not have lots of things to thank for as so much suffering is there these days in this planet. I hope there will be a day, when all the people in this world have enough reasons to be thankful for.
Great post Lu Ann. Happy thanks giving to you.
Let this be our prayer. 🙂