There is an account in the Book of Mormon that amazes me every time I read it. It is found in Alma 24 and begins with verse 7. The newly called Anti-Nephi-Lehies have trouble in the form of armed soldiers marching toward them. What is their act of defense? A long list of gratitude and a refusal to take up arms. The fact that when faced with certain death this group of people chose to lift up their voices in gratitude sets an example for me of how to be grateful even under the worst circumstances. There is always something to be grateful about.Continue reading
Many years ago, when my older nieces were young I decided to create an after holiday treat with them. Perhaps, it was my way of extending the family togetherness of Thanksgiving. Or maybe I just wanted an excuse to see a movie that was geared for children. Whatever the reason, a tradition we unoriginally call the Day After Thanksgiving Movie was born. Continue reading
Be sure to say thank you
but make sure to mean it. Continue reading
Years ago I worked as a clerical temp in an office. I don’t remember the names of the people I worked with but I do remember one thing about the office manager. Whenever someone thanked her she replied with a firm, vocal, confident “You are welcome.” No grunts. No “aw shucks.” No “you bet.” But always a clear “you’re welcome.”
I liked that. Continue reading
Thursday is Thanksgiving
a family gathered scene.
But before company arrives
we must get busy and clean. Continue reading
A few years ago, I read an excerpt from a book called 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life by John Kralik.
The author was finishing the worst year of his life in 2007 and through a series of events decided to write a different thank you note each day for a year. The experience changed his life.
Since I have decided to jump back into reading this year I have made sure I am not without a book to read each night. Either one chapter a day or 10 pages whichever comes first and my attention span holds out on. Right before Thanksgiving I finished a book so I decided to read the entire book this year over the Thanksgiving holiday. It seemed like an appropriate choice for the holiday. Continue reading
Reasons why Thanksgiving deserves more attention:
10. It sometimes comes with a bonus holiday for work. A FOUR DAY weekend. Can’t kick on that. Even Christmas is a one day package. Continue reading
This is not the road
I would have chosen to walk.
It is wearing me out,
pushing all I have to the limit. Continue reading
Imagine you know your enemy is on the move. You know they are coming toward your community. You know they will kill you and your family. What do you do?
Prepare for combat? Run and hide? Those really seem like the only options, don’t they? Either there will be an epic battle or you become hunted prey. What other choice could there be?