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.
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,