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A Simple Thanksgiving

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National Binge Eating Day!

In the U.S. this week, we will be celebrating

what I only half-jokingly call “National

Binge-Eating Day,” where the goal appears

to be to stuff as much food into your stomach

between football games as is humanly possible.

However, in addition to being grateful for having

more than enough food to eat, (and I hope

that is the case for any of you reading this),

there are so many things that we each have

to be thankful for each day.

The Power of Simplicity

As I get older, I realize that it’s the simple

things that matter the most to me and for

which I am the most grateful:  clean air

and hot water, nutritious food and people

to share it with who love and accept me.

The beauty of a rainstorm or a sunny day,

hearing beautiful music, experiencing

something new…all done in gratitude.

Simple Gifts

In keeping with the “simple is better” idea,

I wanted to share a “golden oldie” with you

this Thanksgiving week, a Shaker song written

and composed in 1848 by Elder Joseph Brackett.

It’s melody is simple and beautiful, it’s lyrics

speak both to the dance instructions the song

is about, as well as a larger meaning regarding

“turning to come ’round right” in an emotional

or spiritual sense.

A Simple Thanksgiving

I hope you won’t let the stress or expense,

travel or family issues that can often come with

this holiday take away from what the simplicity

of gratitude is all about.

Take the time this holiday to come down from

the hectic pace of life, give thanks for the things

you are grateful for, find yourself in that perfect

place of simplicity and grace and love, no matter

where you are, and “come round right.”

Lyrics to “Simple Gifts:”

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free

‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,

And when we find ourselves in the place just right,

‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gain’d,

To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,

To turn, turn will be our delight,

Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

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