Monday, November 21, 2011

Not Thankful

Usually this is the time of year when we all sit down and say what we are Thankful For In Our Lives. However, this year, I want to catalog what I am Not Thankful For In My Life.

10.) I am not thankful that there is still hunger in this world; however, I am thankful that not only do I have enough, but more than enough to share.

9.) I am not thankful that the cost of gas and food continues to soar; however, I am thankful that I have both in abundance and can use it wisely enough that I am part of the solution and not part of the problem.

8.) I am not thankful that there is still intolerance; however, I am thankful that I was part of a remarkable family who taught that we are all the same and deserve respect and love.

7.) I am not thankful that unemployment remains far too high for such an affluent country; however, I am thankful that I have a job (even though it sometimes makes me crazy!) and that I am hopefully preparing those who will be In Charge in just a few years.

6.) I am not thankful that women and children are often exploited; however, I am thankful that I live in a country where women do have a voice and that children are protected not only by laws, but by WOMEN who help make the laws!

5.) I am not thankful that diseases such as those that impact the heart and lungs are still prevalent; however, I am thankful that researchers are learning more each day that will not only improve the quality of life for those suffering, but will eventually wipe these off the planet, much as they did polio.

4.) I am not thankful that medical care costs so much; however, I am thankful that I not only have access to reliable medical care, but that, because I have decent food, clothing, and shelter, that I require less of that care than those who don't.

3.) I am not thankful for those who sleep on the streets, under bridges, by the river, or in the parks; however, I am thankful for Lazy Bee Farm (Thank You, Father!) and for the opportunity to serve in a way to help those without to have security and safety.

2.) I am not thankful for war; however, I am thankful that we as individuals can still work toward peace every day in our own little worlds.

1.) I am not thankful for the politics of our Nation these days; however, I am thankful that I live in a country where I can write this, speak this, and argue this, and not have to worry that I will end up in a little fenced in place with only bread and water for speaking my truth.

And with that, dear ones, I leave you with the most sincere and heartfelt wishes for a Thankful Thanksgiving! Celebrate your blessings and meet me back here on Saturday!

Warmly,

Your Matty

6 comments:

  1. All very good things to be unthankful for Matty! Have a nice serene Thanksgiving!

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  2. Hi Matty, your post today was very profound and thought-provoking. I hope you have a lovely week ahead! Delisa :)

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  3. Thoughtful and powerful!
    It reminds us that there is gratitude in all things.
    Hugs

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  4. Beautifully put, Matty!

    Happy Thanksgiving special friend!!!

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  5. You had me going for a minute with that title ;)
    Have a wonderful thanksgiving day!

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  6. Hi Matty, I wanted to give you a "Leibster Blog Award"! You can read about it on my blog. Just wanted to show my appreciation for your beautiful and thought-provoking blog. Delisa :)

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Thanks for dropping in on the farm today! I enjoy your comments!

Warmly,

Matty