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Lets Give Thanks
November 22, 2000
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Molly
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November 22, 2000
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Opps,
Here in America, tommorow is a day of family, and friendly gatherings, to give thanks. Sometimes it is hard to find some thing to be thankful for, but we often over look the little things. It is easy to dwell in pain, confusion,anger, guilt,etc., but if we can just refocus, and celebrate the good.
Not like I have two healthy daughters, but... they think I am insane. But I have 2 beautiful healthy daughters, a sis, and a husband, a roof over my head, a fridge full of food, and hot water, and my driver's license, not to forget my dog, who is always loving and happy to see me. I have support here when I need it and many friends. I hope you all can take a moment to reflect and find those little things to be greatful for, may you find some peace, and joy, laugh and find a way to celebrate life. If you can do this, share, or pay it forward, do something good for some one, we dished out 4 Turkeys with all the trim to the clinic families today, and it felt good even dragging in the folk off the street, who are having a hard time finding love. God bless you all, may you find some closure, some acceptance, and some love, at least for a little while, and share.

November 23, 2000
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Nicely put Molly,

I have noticed from other threads that I have read that you have been very supportive to alot of people by taking time to show that you care and having time to write them back. Your thread is nicely put. Yes, I do agree with you that we have alot to be grateful for. I too am grateful. I have a job, a roof over my head, some food in the fridge and two loving boys. Sorry no husband but I am happy that I can actually say that I am independant and like the song by Gloria Gaynor, "I Will Survive", If I look around I can see so many people that not happy. I use to be like that but I was also scared to live. One way of looking at life is, "Having needs and wants". A need is a necessity to survive such as water, food, shelter.. independance and health. A "want" is, a Brand new car, owning a house, money, fancy clothes, jewellery......We can live without those to survive. Life can be so simple if we really about it. I do understand that some individuals have nothing and are happy. I look at them and they are happy doing their own thing. If we could focus on the simple things in life, like happiness for one we would be ahead. My point is I had all the riches and was not happy. There were people in my life and I was not happy; there wasn't anyone in my life and I wasn't happy. But, I found independance and looked inside and did soul searching and prayed to God everyday (I not trying to be religious) and worked hard at it. Today, I am happy and I like who I am. At times, I am afraid but still hang on. I put all my energy into "doing" instead of "saying" and I am "living" instead of "existing". Here is a thought for food. " My heart went out to the man without shoes, until I saw a man without feet." (sorry, it something like that) Everyone is different and every has their own stories to tell, but mine for now is, "I will survive"
Thanks Molly, you made me realize something. I am HERE to tell my story. Take care everyone. Cerry

November 23, 2000
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Do you think surviving is enough? I try to do more than survive: I try to be happy.

November 23, 2000
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Hi Radar2,

That is my point, I am happy.
Thanks Cerry

November 23, 2000
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Molly.

I think that you are right. An attitude of gratitude goes a long way towards finding happiness.

We have a lovely 'cake', but how we focus on the tiny bits of 'icing' missing from the edges. If we focused on the 99% and not the 1% of the cake, how happy we would be.

If we could stop looking at our neighbours 'cake' and how much bigger and better it seems, we would learn to appreciate the wonder of our own.

Perhaps we need a thanksgiving day here 'down under'in Oz as well. But it's hard standing upside down all the time when you guys on the top side can stand the right way up. 🙂

November 23, 2000
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I'm stranded in the New York Laguardia airport right now, alone, sitting on the floor of the terminal plugged into the data port of a pay phone. I have 3 hours to drive, but the car rental company ran out of cars even though I had a reservation. All the restaurants are closed and I'm very hungry. (Imagine that, hungry on Thanksgiving!) To boot, my so-called fiance pitched a fit about meeting my family earlier this week so I had to come alone, and as I type he's spending Turkey Day with all our friends back on the West Coast and won't pick up the phone, probably because he's too drunk or high to care to return my call.

But I realize that there is much to be thankful for. I have, except for all other nights, a warm bed to sleep in, enough to eat, and good friends all around me. And I'm thankful for this slap-in-the-face experience which has served to make me appreciate what I take for granted. There are many people in this world who live this life every night, except without the laptop, data port, roof, central heating, and hope of getting to a different place in the morning.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

November 25, 2000
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That was great from the airport, and Tez, are you sure your upside down, and not on top, gosh we cant even count ballots here!! Its just so easy to get caught up in the details, and not see the whole picture, like life is a banquet and most poor people are starving to death. We forget that with out knowing pain, we would not know joy, and thank God that we can feel. Cerry congrats on your peace and freedom, and most of all I hear acceptance. Gotta admit though the joy comming from the airport wins, talk about acceptance. Love to you all.

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