Tuesday, November 20, 2007


We're quickly approaching my favorite holiday. While I'm not typically one to feel sappy, Thanksgiving does stir up some of my goopier feelings. It's what all holidays should be about - hanging out with people you love, lots of yummy food and not a lot else. (Unlike some more commercial holidays which will remain unnamed.)

My love of Turkey Day was stirred up today at a spinning class, of all places. At the end of class while everyone was stretching, the instructor read the following little poem, which struck a particular chord with me:

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

~~Author Unknown~~

Off to Michigan. I'll make the obligatory posting of food photos after the big day.

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