I end most every day on a thankful note but there is something reflective about Thanksgiving. I know that this is largely an American thing as we have set aside a day for this reflection even though traditions such as football have created just a bit of deviation from original intent.
Even though in many aspects it has been a tough year I have a great deal to be thankful for. As last year ended with a stay in the hospital I suppose the fact that all is well on the health front would be the first thing to be thankful for.
Next would have to be my dearest friend. I had no clue that it was possible to enjoy this level of intimacy with another human being. Over the years we have chosen to weather storms, some seen in today’s society as deal breakers, rather than part ways and this is the fruit. For my dearest friend I am truly thankful.
I have a job. As an added bonus it is really a pretty good one even though in recent months time off has been a bit scarce. In these trying times that is something to be truly thankful for.
Even though my dream of becoming a full time writer and photographer has alluded me for almost twenty years I am grateful that it has been possible to share my fascination with history, passion for vintage automobiles, and love for the road less traveled with others through numerous books as well as several thousand feature articles.
All of this ties in to being thankful for where I live, at the very heart of some of the most beautiful real estate on earth and dead center on the longest remaining uninterrupted stretch of historic Route 66. For a fellow with my interests does it get better than that?
There is a bit of a cloud on my day of reflection and thanksgiving. On this it might be best to let Abraham Lincoln explain it.
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied, enriched, and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all of these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended power, to confess our national sins, and to pray clemency and forgiveness upon us.”
The sun turning the sky pink and the first rays of daylight twinkling through the sage and rosemary outside the window tell me it is time to get my backside in gear. So, it is my sincere hope that each and everyone of you have a delightful Thanksgiving holiday and that you can find a few things for which to be thankful in these trying times.