I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I know that times are real tough for a lot of people today. Thanksgiving has traditionaly been a time of family gatherings and time for giving thanks for all that we have. I know a lot of people have lost a lot if not all that they have worked so hard for all their lives, and probably are having a hard time being thankful for anything. It seems as though life has become very materialistic.
I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I know that times are real tough for a lot of people today. Thanksgiving has traditionaly been a time of family gatherings and time for giving thanks for all that we have. I know a lot of people have lost a lot if not all that they have worked so hard for all their lives, and probably are having a hard time being thankful for anything. It seems as though life has become very materialistic. With the high tech world, the fancy homes an dthe fancy cars. All the glamor and attention that being succesful can bring to a person. It seems as though we, and I am speaking in general terms, have moved away from the tradtional family valuse in life. What once was important, working hard for a fair wage, buying a modest house to raise a family in and having a car or two that gets you to and from your destination, having supper at the table as a family and discussing how every ones day was is gone. The prestige of owning a million dollar home, driving Porches, BMW's and Range Rovers. Having nannies that raise the kids, so mom does not have to be bothered with the kids while she goes to the spa or tennis club for time with the "Girls". And dad is busy working 60-80 hrs. a week just to maintain this materialistic life while the kids are being entertained by WII games or some other high tech game. Well it appears that God has hadenough of this as well. It is time to get back to our traditional family values.
Enough of my preaching. I know for me, this Thanksgiving was the best I can remember. We celebrated it out in Ocotiilo Wells, in the desert, in our fifth wheel. It was my wife, daughter, son, son in-law, granddaughter, father in-law, brother and sister in-law, my nephew and niece. This is my family, with the exception of my oldest son who had car problems. My father, his mother and father who were my family, all have passed away. Growing up, my mother and step father would have these huge family gatherings at Thanksgiving, 20 - 30 people. The problem was, there was fighting going on, always a conflict and some kind of negative energy in the air. Then as we were raising our family, we always had the traditional Thanksgiving at the in Laws house or our house. These were always good Thanksgiving celebrations. However, there was just something really special about this Thanksgiving. No I have not lost everything, in fact Cathy and I have been truly blessed, Then again, we have also been smart with our finances. Still we have had to make plenty of changes and sacrafices. My business has gone from producing a multi million dollar income (gross) to a couple hundered thousand a year at best. My doors remain open today and it is only by the grace of God that they are open.
What I am learning today, is that what I do is exactly that and I have made what I do who I am. I am learning that Who I am is a much greater and better person than all that I have accomplished in life. Remember, I sobered up four and half years ago. Not only did I sober up, I have become a much better person, my life has changed competely. See I use to be one of those ultr-materialistic people, believe e I could mix with the best of them. However, that life left me empty inside. I was morally and spiritualt bankrupt then. Today, I am richer than any man deserves to be, and it is not monatarily, but spirtually and morally. Yes I enjoy all the pleasure of life, I have worked for them. While all these "Material" possesions make my life comfortable and fun, it is my family that I am most grateful for today. I should not have any of them in my life today after what I put them through with my decease. They have all forgiven me, trust me, love me, look up to me and want to be with me. Without my family I have nothing. With my family I can conquer what ever the world throws at me.
So I will say it one more time, this was the absolute "BEST" Thanksgiving I have ever had. It was simple quite and full of love and for all that, I am grateful. I only hope that your Thanksgiving was as good. If you feel it was not, I suggest you get a pencil and paper, sit down and write a gratitude list. I am confident you will see just how good it really was.
Remeber to be kind to you and spend some time with you and God everyday. There is no secert to this, nothing magical or mystical. Just sit quietly, talk with God as though he was right next to you, then sit quietly and listen. He will listen to you in the same manner you listen to him as well if you listen closely enough, he will answer you.