Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

There is something so satisfying about tradition, satisfying and comforting.  I was immersed in it today.  With all the radical change and uncertainty in my life these last months, what a relief to find the same old same old.

I love how the house smells, the way it smells every Thanksgiving.
I love how the food tastes, extra delicious, and we say that every year.
I love watching the Macy's parade, reconnecting with my childhood.
I love the chopping and the baking, the sifting of flour, and the melting of butter.
I love throwing that turkey around and stuffing it beyond reason.
I love getting the china and crystal out of the hutch, and I feel my Grandmother's hands, and my Mother's hands on mine, as I set a lovely table.
I love watching the faces of my family as they take that first bite, and devour their favorites on the plate.

As good as the food, as great as the smells, and powerful the memories, every year my favorite part is always the same.

It's when we stand at the table, holding hands, and make what feels like an unbreakable chain.  We close our eyes, we say a simple prayer of gratitude.

We are a family.  We go on.

I am so blessed and grateful today.  I don't want to leave it here, when the food is put away, and the china is put back in the hutch, and we go about our lives.  I don't want to leave it here.

What if I could live my life by taking my gratefulness to its fullest expression?

What if I could risk giving more than I ever thought I could?

Starting now.

If you help others you will be helped, perhaps tomorrow, perhaps in one hundred years, but you will be helped.  Nature must pay the debt... It is a mathematical law and all life is mathematics.  Gurdjieff

Do the math baby, I say to myself.

Give.

More than you ever thought you could.

Starting now.

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