In the press of the turkey cooking and pie baking and table setting, sometimes it’s easy to forget exactly what the day is all about. So lest we find ourselves tryptophan-ed out in front of another fall football rivalry, and wondering exactly what hit us, I suggest we take time to start the thanks giving now… and let it lead us through the prep time, the feast, the clean up and the leftovers.

I’ll start…

  • I’m thankful for grocery stores full of wonderful ingredients, the money to buy them, and the kitchen to cook in. And I’m thankful in advance for the modern marvel of the dishwasher that makes clean up so easy.
  • Speaking of technology, I’m saying thanks for the miracle of SKYPE that will let me share Turkey Day face to face with my far-flung siblings. Not exactly like being there in person, but a heck of a lot better than just a letter or voice on the other end of the line.
  • This year I’m especially thankful to have my family healthy and whole. For Larry to have a clean bill of health. And for all the faithful friends and family who continue to share their love, our lives and the path we walk together. You know who you are!

And that’s just the start. I have so many people and things and situations to be thankful for, I’m sure I’ll still be counting my blessings when the last morsel of turkey is off the bone. It’s a never-ending list, when you get right down to it.


bing crosby - count your blessings

“Count Your Blessings” Bing Crosby

Of course there’s still plenty to worry about in this world of ours. But taking time to say thanks for all the good that’s in our lives helps shift the energy at least a bit, don’t you think?

So when you’re up to your elbows in stuffing tomorrow, join me and take a minute to stop. Count your blessings. And be truly thankful for all that you have in your life right now. This very minute. Because in the words of an old Bing Crosby ballad my mother used to sing us, “When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep. And I fall asleep, counting my blessings.”

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