Today is a day of giving thanks in America. One may ask why give thanks on this day? What makes this day more special than others? I suppose one can think back in time to the first thanksgiving when the European settlers gave thanks to the Native brothers for allowing them to embark upon their land, their home, and for the joining of two completely different cultures. There were vast differences between the settlers and the natives. Their dress, their religious beliefs, their customs, everything seemed to be at opposite ends of the spectrum. It is easy to understand their fears of one another.
Despite their differences, the natives and settlers overcame their differences and worked hard to create a harmony between the two cultures. They became friends, shared their wisdom, material goods, and offered help. After a treacherous year of hard work, many deaths, and the building of a relationship the settlers offered thanks to the natives. And thus came the day of Thanksgiving to the American people.
I’ve seen many offerings of thanks on Facebook. I smile as I read what people are thankful for; American football, family, friends, a new car, soldiers fighting for freedom, an A on my exam and so on. I’m not saying these things are meaningless because they’re not. They are all great things to be thankful but, I can’t help but wonder if we’re missing the bigger picture.
The settlers or Pilgrims gave thanks for being alive, surviving the harsh winter with little shelter, freedom of religion and for having food to eat. The Indians gave thanks to Mother Earth for providing food, shelter, and water to survive. They both gave thanks for developing a new friendship, for having peace and living in harmony. To me, this is what true Thanksgiving is all about.
As we go through our day and the year ahead, remember to give thanks to Mother Earth and all she has provided to us for the millions of years we’ve inhabited her. Let us remember and give thanks to her for providing food, shelter, and water to every living being on Earth. Without these three elements, we would not be able to survive and it is our duty to show respect by giving thanks and doing our part in keeping her healthy.
Yesterday as I was driving to work, I looked over into a field and saw the most beautiful morning sunrise. The sky was painted in rich oranges, reds and yellows; perfect rays of color peeping over the horizon lighting the morning sky in all its glory. My breath was taken away and my heart smiled. I thanked God, for allowing me to experience His beauty. I thanked Mother Earth for allowing me to inhabit her so I may bask in all her magnificent splendor. When I think of all that God has created, all that Mother Earth has provided, I feel truly blessed and grateful. From the tiniest flower, the brilliant colors of the sky, the breath-taking beauty of the Alps, I thank God and Mother Earth for letting me be a part of such beautiful planet.
Yes, I am thankful for my family and friends. They bring such joy, laughter and love into me life. For this, I am truly thankful. As someone who has knocked on death’s door, I am forever thankful for living my life without an oxygen tank attached to my side and for every step I take without my lungs feeling as if they would explode. I am thankful for every time I get on a treadmill and can actually walk or even jog (okay it’s really more like fast walking but I call it jogging ;)). I’m thankful for every breath I take, for my lungs accepting the oxygen, and for the alveoli that work extra hard to push the oxygen through my body.
Lastly, I am thankful my life can be lived easily and is nothing like the first European settlers of America or that of my Cherokee ancestors.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone….
Love, light, and peace