What I’m Thankful For…
In the hustle and the bustle of the season, with all of the distractions and obligations we find ourselves beset by, it is incredibly easy to lose sight of what we have to be Thankful for. Religious or secular, there is plenty to give thanks for in our lives, and I’ve always believed that setting aside a day to be thankful is a fantastic thing to do. It could even be something that we consider in our everyday lives.
For me as a student and a fan of history, I find myself more pondering the spirit if the Holiday in the scope of our past; of what has come before and established the profoundly solid base we find ourselves standing on, with little thought to even the most incredible yet commonplace things we otherwise take for granted in our day to day routine.
With that in mind, please consider the following in your own lives, and ponder what it is that you are truly thankful for. As for me, I am thankful, every single day, for…
-The Devotion of The Faithful; that the strength of that Faith saw them through unimaginable trials to come to this Great land.
-The Tenacity of The Survivors; that in the face of overwhelming adversity they struggled through to pass on to us that most valuable of gifts, Life.
-The Valour of The Brave; that they confronted and stood steadfast in the face of one of our greatest fears- The Unknown.
-The Selflessness of the Dutiful; that the call to greatness was not left unanswered. No, it was answered and attended to with firm and resounding resolve by those who had much to lose in that course; that a solid foundation, a bed rock, was laid in order that a great nation might grow.
-The Teachings of The Wise; that profound knowledge is discovered and passed on to fortify each new generation with the seeds of Greatness.
-The Gracious Generosity of those who have little- Or wealth beyond measure; that the less fortunate do not despair.
-The Honour of the Great among us; that they remained true and dedicated to their core beliefs and principles- in the face of unfathomable temptation and power- in order that all that have come after might have their own chance to reach and fulfill their potential, their own Greatness.
-And finally, The Dedication and Sacrifice of our Brave Soldiers, all of those men and women, throughout our History, who have vowed their Lives, Their Fortunes, and Their Sacred Honour; that we might share a blessed meal in peace, surrounded by the love of family and friends, while they ensure our privilege to do so.
Without all who have come before us we would not, could not possibly be. All that we have, all that we are, rests on the broad shoulders of those that have come before us and that stand fast among us. They selflessly left to us invaluable gifts it is up to us to pass forward.