Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving

We can still have a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving.  Rockwell has left us a legacy in his paintings of what Thanksgiving and being an American are all about.  Depicted in a simple, straight-forward way, they show our strengths, love of family and country,  dedication to our values and work ethics, our ability to keep moving forward and to accomplish great things. His paintings remind us that we have been through difficult times before and we have overcome a great deal. We are a great nation with a lot to be thankful for.

I firmly believe that Thanksgiving should be given proper attention in November. We live in a wonderful country that has been blessed so richly, and to not take time to give thanks is sad.

In spite of the fact that our economy is not what we would like and many people are in a bad situation, our standard of living is still far above that of many other countries. The purpose of Thanksgiving is to give thanks for what we do have and not dwell on what we don't have. The meals may not be as big, family may not be able to travel for the holidays, some people may be celebrating in shelters or motel rooms, but we can still be thankful that we have food, family, friends, a roof over our heads, and the freedoms we enjoy.

If you are one of the blessed ones, then you have been given the opportunity to help those who are in need. It's hard to be thankful when life knocks you down, but if someone reaches out and shares with you, it's much easier to say "Thank you".

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving..and God bless.



VintageEmbellishment said...

I hope everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving:)

Thanks for the reminder Pepper, we do have so much to be Thankful for!

Even this laptop I am using until my PC gets its new motherboard....

jj said...

Wonderfully said Pepper.
Daily we take things for granted and it is always good to be reminded that we do have plenty to be thankful for.

Thanks :)

goodgosh said...

Always good to have a reminder ~ thanks for that. I'm thankful for many things...even you. :)

Doodle said...

Nice job Pepper. We take so much for granted and often forget to give thanks. You would think we don't need reminders but we do. Thanks for that, and thanks for being you!