We don’t celebrate giving thanks in the UK or the Caribbean in the same way that Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on a particular day every year. That is not to say that we don’t give thanks, it just isn’t associated with a huge meal and family gathering, but it is usually around this time of year and may well have been associated with the end of harvest.
I felt really strongly this year about recognising that which I am grateful for and I thought I would share some of these with you. This list is not exhaustive but let me know if they resonate…..
- I give thanks for my family. I am part of a rather large group of people who call themselves “family.” My father believed there was little else more important and I like to think he passed this on to me. Now after 30 years of sharing my life with Mark, I consider his peeps to be mine as well.
- I give thanks that I have never witnessed war or violence on the scale that is ripping our green planet apart at the moment. I hope that my small efforts like butterfly wings will go someway to calming this, and fostering love and respect in everyone I meet.
- I give thanks for my health. I may be diabetic, but by virtue of chance, I am in a first world country with very good medical support and my chances of living a full and long life are just the same as a member of the general public. In fact probably better as I must take such care of myself.
- I give thanks for the fact that God willing, I am to be a grandmother in 2016.
- I give thanks for the fact that I am able to access my creativity in my relationship with you my Sun Templers. So many people go through life hating what they do and feeling unfulfilled. To find a path that stimulates and enhances one’s life is a gift.
- I give thanks for meditation which has only recently come into my life but which has caused great shifting in my perception and therefore my reality and that I share this wondrous thing everyday with Mark.
- I give thanks for my faith. I believe it is a gift and I treasure it.
- I give thanks for my lifestyle which allows me to sample the riches of life in a tropical (third world) as well as a temperate (first world) country.
- I give thanks for my friends. I don’t have many, but those who I do call “friend” are as precious as family.
- I give thanks for the hope I feel about life. I believe everything is as it should be and that with time and an openness of spirit the continued path will reveal itself and I can contribute fully wherever my talents are most needed.
Colleen CamachoNovember 26, 2015 at 12:28 pm
Beautiful Gems! Namaste.
Elizabeth Clatke-CookNovember 26, 2015 at 5:01 pm
Beautiful way to acknowledge what you’re thankful for.
GermaineNovember 26, 2015 at 5:34 pm
Thanks Elizabeth…I appreciate you taking the time to tell me…
GermaineNovember 26, 2015 at 5:30 pm
Carol LavenderNovember 26, 2015 at 4:28 pm
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I just watched the Save the Children appeal ad on T.V. Seeing images of children born into poverty and then reading your message brought home that we do indeed have much to be thankful for. Problems my family are facing right now are solvable and really quite insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Thank you for prompting a reality check.
GermaineNovember 26, 2015 at 5:33 pm
Thank you Carol for taking the time to let me know I “reached” you. I hope your problems fade and your future is bright and hopeful….
Rosemary EckelNovember 26, 2015 at 7:48 pm
Beautifully expressed, said it for us all. Thank you.
GermaineNovember 26, 2015 at 8:16 pm
Thank you Aunty Rose….means a lot hearing from you……
MargauxNovember 27, 2015 at 12:32 am
Beautiful expression of gratitude Germaine . It resonates very deeply . We are so very fortunate in so many ways . Thank you for sharing and reaching out . You’re doing a wonderful job with your SunTemple food site and your photography is suburb . Loads of blessings your way .
GermaineNovember 27, 2015 at 7:38 am
Thank you so much Margaux. It means a lot to me to hear it. Often I feel I’m writing into a vacuum….blessings to you too….
PattieNovember 27, 2015 at 2:28 am
Happy Thanksgiving Germaine. I relate to many of the things you listed. This is one of my favorite holidays of the year. Even though it’s not a holiday in St Lucia, I still love setting aside time with friends and family to give thanks.
GermaineNovember 27, 2015 at 7:37 am
Thanks for replying Pattie. Its so easy to get caught up in all life’s “bits” and genuinely not see what’s good and what’s important. I look forward to seeing you soon I hope….
MarijkeNovember 27, 2015 at 4:42 pm
Wowww…A beautiful and profound message you brought here, Germaine….Yes, many topics that you have related here are very imported in my life too, and instead of having an attitude have “gratitude” instead…Love is indeed the answer…
A song that is hanging in my head this week is this one, and it is sooo true for the times we are living in…
Love Is The Answer by England Dan and John Ford Coley
GermaineNovember 27, 2015 at 6:16 pm
Thank you so much for that song. I actually remember it from my teenage years and it was very thoughtful of you to send. I’ve enjoyed listening again….
LindaNovember 27, 2015 at 5:53 pm
We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving Day here either, Germaine, but like you I have occasion frequently to give thanks. I especially identify with your No 10. We had a beloved PP who used to say we are people of hope, and it found a place in my heart. Congratulations on No 4 – oh the love it will bring to you and Mark! Thanks for sharing your very thoughtful list.
GermaineNovember 27, 2015 at 6:15 pm
Thanks Linda…I should have added that I am very grateful for having my southern hemisphere family now to also consider….xxxx