Happy Thanksgiving: 2015
November 25, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. It is an American tradition but giving thanks is universal and is as basic as breathing. One way or another we give thanks or acknowledge our blessing.
“Salamat sa Diyos” (Thank, God).
There is always something to be thankful for—always. Like:
- smell of fresh baked cookies filling up the house
- turkey roasting in the oven for Thanksgiving dinner
- snore of your wife/husband/love one beside you
- warm feel of the sun in your face and skin.
Simple. it tells you life goes on because you can feel, taste, and touch. And if you really look hard, you will see how beautiful life is.
Last year, I spent Thanksgiving in the Philippines, on business. It was wonderful because I got to surprise my mother and spent some time with family there. Although, I was far away from my family here in the US, I was happy to see they were together for our traditional Thanksgiving dinner. I am big on tradition. It establishes continuity and it is something you look forward to.
This Thanksgiving I am thankful for many things. Far too long to enumerate here. More importantly, I am still here celebrating it with my family, and with you. I sometimes reflect on the past but I do not dwell on it too long. I sometimes remember the races that I have run or the many place I have visited around the world, but what I reflect most are the memories it gave me. It is all about the feeling and completeness it gave me. It is also about the people I have met and shared the experience with.
I have stopped reflecting on the things I use to be able to do, life running or traveling, instead I just savor the moment on the things I am able to do or experience. Like the sweet taste of chocolate chip cookies in my mouth. Yum.
What I do reflect on are the blessings I have received, and they are many. As you know with certainty the limits of your life, the more blessings you see come pouring through. This Thanksgiving I am overwhelmed. I see it all with clarity and intensity. Perhaps it is because I am in constant pain that I am sensitized to any relief, sweetness, gestures, greetings, attention, or happiness I experience.
For this Thanksgiving make it special. If not a tradition in wherever you are, make your day special anyway.
P.S. 30 days to Christmas.