I know there’s always something to be grateful for, but …

I know, there is always something to be thankful for. We ALL need to give pause and think about that not just on Thanksgiving day, but every other day too. But to be honest, it doesn’t give me much comfort to think, well somebody has it worse off than I do. Yes, that is true. Far too many will go without a meal today. Like they did yesterday and will tomorrow. Too many will suffer from horrible loneliness, that no one should have to endure. Too many will never know the warmth at a Thanksgiving table or the quality of food to be savored and enjoyed. Too many haven’t the opportunity to share conversation, really listen and hear what is being said and perhaps even more importantly respected and appreciated for their views and ideas.

On this day too many will not even consider differences of opinions and thoughts as a rich and vibrant way to experience life. Too many will argue and fuss, ridicule and judge, hurt and walk away in pain.

Of course, there are many who are gathering today, served on fancy gold chargers, layers of fine silverware and crystal goblets, by those who may not have family or maybe missing their families. Some of those servants will be appreciated, valued and compensated. Some will not. So there are many who are in a financial position to have much more than we do. And that is just the way it is, it always has been, it might always be.

So maybe, instead of thinking about why we are grateful because it could very well be worse. Maybe instead of thinking of those who have so very much. We should try very hard to be grateful we simply have this moment, at this table. I am thankful to have wonderful new friends – we were so glad they journeyed here to share Thanksgiving with us. We are thankful for friends who have woven their lives with ours – making it stronger, and we are grateful for a family that stands by no matter the situation or circumstance – all of which holds a lot of love.

It IS the love and bonding and joy and laughter I am the most thankful for.

I hope each of you had a Thanksgiving Day, and every day you can grateful, for more than a turkey and trimmings, for more than one moment.

Breathe Deep, Think Peace



About Patty Young

Patricia Young spent most of her life in the Northeast. Before the casinos arrived and many of the safety rails installed, she would walk Bushkill Falls and enjoy time in a little cabin by Meadow Lake near the Delaware Water Gap. The school year was spent in New Jersey, but many summers were spent in Mississippi where she wandered in the woods, ride horses, reading comic books and played with cousins. After graduating from college with a degree in education, she taught fifth grade in Queens. When rent climbed higher than her salary she working for a defense industry in Yonkers before starting a small business called, The Giving Tree Day Care. For fifteen years she was fondly "held hostage by two year olds!" Writing every day for in a notebook for each child to keep communication open and flowing to the families. Fast forward to the spring of 2013 diagnosed with sever carpal tunnel syndrome (she does NOT recommend having both hands done at the same time! Often wondering "What was I thinking?!") Physical therapy and time slowly began the healing process and gardening strengthened her hands. After an unexpected, but deeply personal journey to Montana in the fall of 2013 she decided it was time to reinvent herself and embrace her passion for words. With renewed confidence, and a plan to do the work necessary to become a writer, she began writing every day (with the help of 750Words.com - thank you Kellianne and Buster!), submitting to a variety of magazines and contests to practice the craft. As well as participating in the Learning to See poetry programs offered at the local library. Attending writing retreats, workshops, lectures, taking classes, reading and immersing herself in the process. She began to work with writers and authors in the tri-state area. Presently living in Westchester New York Patricia lives with her husband of 29 years, two daughters – both attending college and grad school and a dear college friend – all under the roof of a little cape cod. Its snug – but the laughter and support is rich and full! Patricia is working on her first novel with her editor, with hopes and dreams and fingers crossed to find an agent in the fall of 2015. You are invited to join her on this journey of a writer. To experience her trials, successes and stumbles along the way. Perhaps it will help you find your brave, and if writing is in your soul - to join her. Share your stories and maybe together we will unravel some of the complexities of this life. To heal, hope and learn what we can from one another, in the time we have. To listen and hear one another's stories. Breathe Deep, Think Peace Patty
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