I was about to move right along to Safety Energy Lock 17 when I noticed this lovely Thanksgiving poem written by Lonner F. Holden on the back page of the newsletter. It is only October and not the month for the holiday we celebrate as Thanksgiving here in these United States of America, but isn’t every day of the year a day for Thanksgiving?
So, please join me as I digress…
Meditation on Thanksgiving
Whatever I have in my life, if I accept it fully and completely, I have gratitude.
If the fire in my hearth grows dim and I am left in the cold and dark;
if my stores of food perish and I am left with no bread in my hand;
if my well runs dry and I am left with no drink in my cup;
if my chest is lost and I am left with no robes to cover myself;
if my house turns to rubble and I am left with no home;
if my body fails me and I am left with poor health – I still have life.
And in my full acceptance of what I am left with I am filled with gratitude,
for life alone is God’s act of abundance.
Living, at its fullest, is laughter and tears; music, dance and song;
the company of friends and family; the appreciation of nature; work and prayer.
If I have but any one of these I have life and my heart and spirit are full.
For blessing what I have is my act of abundance.
As I lend my attention to what I have it becomes more,
As I am grateful I am at peace with others for I see they are not the source of my abundance,
nor my loss.
As I am accepting I am grateful, as I am grateful I am forgiving and I know generosity.
So may I more fully know and accept myself and express my generosity to others;
and may I more fully know and accept others and in so being be grateful for them
and accept their generosity;
and may I more fully know and accept God, my Creator, and in so being be grateful to Him
and accept His generosity which is my life and all that blesses, sustains and maintains it.
The deepest expression of gratitude is to accept who I am, what I have and what is.
For if life alone is God’s act of abundance and I have fire, bread, drink, robes, home and health;
if I experience joy, sorrow, music, dance, song, friends, family, nature, work and prayer
in excess of life alone, how can I possibly ever be without peace, thanks or giving?
…full text is available at http://www.jsjinc.net
Gassho, Namaste, Blessings