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November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Remembrance

Happy Thanksgiving!! I am so very thankful for all of you who are reading my writings and for your comments!! I am also very thankful for all who have paved the way for the freedom I am able to experience in this life and in this country!

 

Thanksgiving originated as that experience when pilgrims and natives shared and celebrated abundance, freedom, and unity. For many of us, this is a time to express our thanks for freedom and so much more in our lives. And, so, I would like to offer some of my thoughts.

 

This country is founded on unity that is defined by it’s diversity and it’s people. So, our forefathers developed a bifurcated system of democrats and republicans to allow for the diversity and the unity to exist through a dualistic model. They were wise. (As a side, life presents in a dualistic model: we know there is an up because there is a down; we know there is an inside because there is an outside.)

 

I would like to suggest that we remember that our freedom is built upon our differences and let’s be thankful for that. I ask for a day when we do not judge, criticize or hate because “they” are not of our party. I am not sure when or why the two parties became so hateful and brutal. we are not an offense and a defense! Whether Democrat or Republican, we are all Americans. I truly hope that on this day we can all be grateful that we have diversity and be thankful that we can all have our own beliefs, opinions, heritage and religions. … I am thankful that we are a free nation and a free people.

 

My second thought comes from the fact that much of our forefathers’ expanded thoughts and creations came from interactions with the natives. Unfortunately, our freedom came at the expense of another’s loss of freedom — our Native Indians and our warriors. Let us be grateful to the Native Americans as we celebrate this Thanksgiving for they were an integral part of our forefathers’ beliefs and courage. As examples, Benjamin Franklin was enamored by the democracy and liberty that defined the Iroquois and Mohawk tribes; and, it was Thomas Jefferson who wrote, “I am convinced that those societies (as the Indians) which live without government enjoy in their general mass an infinitely greater degree of happiness than those who live under European governments.” This holiday has notoriously not been a pleasant day of thanks for the Native Americans. Our Veterans know better than most the sacrifices made for our freedoms. They have fought and served us always. Yet, let us not forget them and their families as we give thanks and gratitude for our lives on this American Holiday called Thanksgiving!

 

I truly am grateful for all of you and for your willingness to support me. You will all be part of my Thanksgiving. i am so grateful to be an American and to have the luxuries and freedom that we are offered in this life ! Thank you! May you all have a Thanksgiving that is full of love, abundance, and joy!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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