This week, we celebrate my favorite holiday…Thanksgiving. Yes, I favor it for the food, the football and the family. But more than that, I favor it for the reflection…the reflection on the shades, if you will, of thankfulness that wave over my life. For this year these are five of my many shades of Thanksgiving thankfulness.
❶I am thankful for my Faith.
God is my anchor. His teachings are the guidepost of my life. His love has given me peace; His grace has given me perspective. And, His mercies has given me my life, my joy, and my stability.
❷I am thankful for my Family.
My family is a constant source of joy, wonderment and pride. Joy, that comes with the privilege of every moment I get to spend with my magnificent 86-year old mother. Wonderment, when I look into the sparkling eyes of my granddaughters while seeing my son growing into becoming an excellent father. And, pride in being the third child born into a remarkable family parented by Benjamin and Mary Lois Bland.
❸I am thankful for my Friends.
My friends–new, old, and more numerous to name, have been an endless source of intelligence, advice, and unconditional love. But what my friends really are a source of a great deal of silliness and fun!!! And for that, I am truly thankful.
❹I am thankful for my Country: The United States of America.
Yes, I know we have just experienced a bitterly contested election where money, lies, and voter suppression substituted for ideas, honesty, and leadership. However, despite of and because of its faults, I am so thankful to live in this country–a country that is the beacon of liberty for the world; a country of innovation and hard work. A country where despite our tinged racial history a child, born in Hawaii to a white mother and black father, can grow up to become the President of the United States.
❺I am thankful for my Work
During a time when millions of my fellow citizens are out of work, I am thankful to have work. I am extremely thankful that part of my work has been to assist those looking for work. I am thankful to never forget that work is more than just a paycheck; work represents the dignity that comes from using your talents and skills to support yourself and your family.
The bottom line
These are only five of the many shades of thankfulness that I am grateful for. I hope, amidst the food, football and family, that you will spend a moment reflecting on your shades of thankfulness.
A final word of thanks
Finally, thank you for reading my weekly blog post. Your comments week after week are a heartwarming affirmation that the words written and the stories told… matter. I am forever amazed and grateful for your readership.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.