Happy Thanksgiving, with a Grateful Heart

“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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Thanksgiving in San Antonio

Here in San Antonio, away from family and friends for Thanksgiving, we wanted to do something to give back, to serve in some capacity.  A famous San Antonio holiday tradition, which began 32 years ago, is the Jimenez Family Thanksgiving Dinner.

In 1979, San Antonio restaurant owner and businessman, Raul Jimenez, wanted to give back to those less fortunate in his community, those not able to provide a Thanksgiving meal for their families, those forgotten individuals.  What began as a dinner for 200 San Antonio residents has grown to 25,000 and is now one of the largest benefits in the country!

We had hoped to participate in this event but unfortunately arrived in San Antonio too late to volunteer.  We were lucky enough to be able to assist the food bank in preparing and serving some of the less fortunate so we are thrilled for this opportunity.

We wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a blessed holiday.  We hope you are surrounded by loved ones but if that is not possible, that you reach out and touch someone in need.  At this time of such uncertainty in the world, let’s take a few moments to reflect not on what we do not have, but instead on all that is good in our lives.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!