I wrote this 'poem' a few years back and thought I'd share it again.
The US is celebrating "our" Thanksgiving tomorrow. Many countries celebrate Thanksgiving or similar such celebrations on other days, typically during the Fall as remnants of Harvest festivals. Regardless of the date, Thanksgiving is a time to pause and be with friends and family, to celebrate the abundance that Life provides to us. Thanksgiving is also an uplifting and healthy ritual to practice always.
Life is both a blessing and a challenge. In the times that we feel challenged, or somehow not met with our "desires" (which we often confuse from our essential needs), almost all of us can certainly remind ourselves to hold back from our complaints. Our feelings of "lack" are typically unfounded and instead we may consider the Abundance that surrounds us.
As an American, I also like to take time during our Thanksgiving to consider the sacrifice that the Native Americans endured over the past centuries as first the Europeans, then the entire world inundated North and South America. Genocide. Forced cultural integration. The horrors that we exacted upon mostly symbiotic cultures that held deep reverence for the Earth and the human relation to Her cannot be forgotten. It must become a lesson.
Blessings to all family, friends and acquaintances that this goes out to.
Great Goddess-God, Above, Below, Between
Thank you for the experience of life as a human being
Thank you for the family I was born into
And the formula that has made me be me
Thank you for all those wonderful souls
Who have come into my life
For those who make me laugh, make me cry, make me grow
Thank you for all the plants and animals
Including my primate human brothers and our cousins