Time once again for early morning musings on all that I am thankful for over the past year; which given the current state of the economy and world politics might be a difficult task:

  1. My condo actually increased in value, it would seem, which given he current real estate market conditions is a minor miracle.
  2. My company is still trucking along, and while we suffered during the recent panic in the financial markets, it appears that we are back on somewhat solid footing, and of course, I’m still employed, which is always a good thing.
  3. I was once again able to participate in the democratic process, helping to elect a fresh face to the White House, a person who has the ability to inspire people and bring out the best in them. If anything will help turn this country around, it’s not what the government can do, but what the people can do when inspired.
  4. Just in case it’s not clear, I’m really thankful that Sarah Palin is nowhere near holding the highest office in the land
  5. I still have a family that loves me, even though I’m still not the easiest person to be around.
  6. And again, last but certainly not least, I have good friends, both old and new, who all seem to genuinely care in one way or another.

Thank you Mom & Ralph, Kim, Ben & Doris, Geraly & D.J., Clem & Joanna, Steve & Amy, Ryan, Dan & Karen, Art & Rachel, Richard, Matt, Scottie, Carol, Jon & Ellie, Marit, Sly & Shauna, Darrell, Theresa, Dayna, and Jennie & the entire Wade family. I just hope I haven’t forgotten anyone.

THE THANKSGIVINGS

by Harriet Maxwell Converse
(Translated from a traditional Iroquois prayer)

We who are here present thank the Great Spirit that we are here
        to praise Him.
We thank Him that He has created men and women, and ordered
        that these beings shall always be living to multiply the earth.
We thank Him for making the earth and giving these beings its products
        to live on.
We thank Him for the water that comes out of the earth and runs
        for our lands.
We thank Him for all the animals on the earth.
We thank Him for certain timbers that grow and have fluids coming
        from them for us all.
We thank Him for the branches of the trees that grow shadows
        for our shelter.
We thank Him for the beings that come from the west, the thunder
        and lightning that water the earth.
We thank Him for the light which we call our oldest brother, the sun
        that works for our good.
We thank Him for all the fruits that grow on the trees and vines.
We thank Him for his goodness in making the forests, and thank
        all its trees.
We thank Him for the darkness that gives us rest, and for the kind Being
        of the darkness that gives us light, the moon.
We thank Him for the bright spots in the skies that give us signs,
        the stars.
We give Him thanks for our supporters, who had charge of our harvests.
We give thanks that the voice of the Great Spirit can still be heard
        through the words of Ga-ne-o-di-o.
We thank the Great Spirit that we have the privilege of this pleasant
        occasion.
We give thanks for the persons who can sing the Great Spirit’s music,
        and hope they will be privileged to continue in his faith.
We thank the Great Spirit for all the persons who perform the ceremonies
        on this occasion.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone …