I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I spend too much time thinking about the things I don't have. So on this holiday, I have been introspective of the things I do have, for which I am very grateful. The health of me and my family, my job, good friends, our new cat, Buster (well, that's his name this week. We keep changing it, ha ha), our warm and kind neighbors, who look out for one another. I could go on, but those are, of course, at the top of the list. Hope all of you are doing well, too.
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You have a wonderful outlook on life. I bet even when Buster goes "meow-meow" it adds an atmosphere of peace and tranqility to your household.
The health you and your family enjoy, your job, kind neighbors are the fruits that you have been blessed with.
The material things that people go gaga over on "Black Friday" are no more than seaweed.
Keep smiling, bikerdude!
Thanks for your kind and generous comments, flinty. You are right about material things, which have little real value. They can be replaced. But the important stuff - like family, once they're gone, it's forever. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your loved ones, flinty!
During this time of the year,I try to be upbeat and positive about the things that really matter like God,family,friends,health and that I am still employed.There is too much emphasis on material things around the holidays.I sometimes find the holidays to be depressing because I feel like society has placed more importance on buying things instead of celebrating what is really important.What ever happened to the Christmas I used to know when family,friends and Christ's birthday were the focus of our joys?We are now told that a Christmas tree is a holiday tree and sales people are told not to tell people merry Christmas at the stores.Somehow we have been led astray by the so called P.C. police.Something has gone wrong when we can acknowledge or celebrate the birthdays of mere mortals,(I.E. Presidents Day,Martin Luther King Day) but not be allowed to celebrate Jesus Christ's birthday the way we used to.
Buckeye, I think the pendulum swung the other way in 1963 when the supreme court ruled that prayer in public schools is unconstitutional. The court did not concoct this diabolical scheme themselves, but was petitioned by an atheist with a law degree- Madalyn Murray O'Hair.
Over the passage of time, We have noticed gradual recidivism in the moral fiber of American society.
I believe you are right on center about too much emphasis placed upon material things [money, personal gratification, superfluity]. Many people are spoiling themselves rotten.
I feel the best philosophy is to focus outward not inward.
Peace be to you in the upcoming Christmas season.
We retired, successfully. We have no debt. Our health is decent (not perfect) but decent. If we're careful we won't outlive our money. I'm not only extremely thankful, I'm amazed. We plan on many modest Christmas' ahead. My plans for the future are to volunteer at Toledo Botanical Gardens as much as they'll let me and to continue to support local animal rescue organizations. Insert shameless plug here for Paws and Whiskers no kill cat shelter. http://www.pawsandwhiskers.org/
Peace be to you also flinty.Not that it matters because everybody has a birthday,but I have the fortune of having my birthday on Christmas Day.My mother used to say she was given a big bundle of joy on Christmas day many years ago.I now have a grandson that is due on December 22 this year.What a coincidence!Maybe I will be blessed with a big bundle of joy on Christmas this year with the arrival of another grandson.