11/23/2011

Thanksgiving Wishes

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So here is my prayer for Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving is an opportune time to reflect about our relationships to others. As Charles Dickens said so well in "A Christmas Carol" that it is a time to "think of people (around us) as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave", which should give us pause to reflect on the shortness of our time here.

We are all on this planet for only 78 round trips. Some get a few more, many get a lot less. So above all, the first thing that I am (and all of us should be) thankful for is good health. Without it, all the rest really does not count for very much.

I want to give thanks to all the people that I associate with in business and in person. Like the Pilgrims and the Indians, we often come from different backgrounds. In that spirit of brotherhood (or should I say community), I give thanks to all the people in my life, associates, fellow workers, and fellow bloggers everywhere for the chance to spend a few moments, in person or virtually, together, enriching our shared experience here on earth.

Isn't that, after all, what the Indians and Pilgrims were doing at the first Thanksgiving in the year 1621?

So, I would like to summon their spirit to wish everyone everywhere a Happy Thanksgiving!

A picture named M2
"The First Thanksgiving", painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930).


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