Below is the blog I posted last Thanksgiving.  I started writing a new one, but you know what?  When I read it, I just had to re-post it.  It still has so much meaning.  Enjoy, and have a warm, wonderful and safe Holiday.

Thanksgiving is this week. I have a lot to be thankful for.  Let me tell you.  In March, I was released from a job of 15 years that caused me unbelievable stress towards the end, and I thought being let go was the worst.  How little I knew then.  God offered me an opportunity of rest and clarity.  He provided everything(nothing more, nothing less) that I needed to survive.  I learned just how careless I had been with my earnings.  I learned an entire new outlook on needs and wants.  When it appeared the money was gone, He offered me another job, one where I make an impact for each and every individual in the State of Georgia.  I know He put me right where I needed to be.

The work break offered me the opportunity to get back in touch with old friends, and assist those needing my help.  I offered myself unconditionally to others because He gave me that opportunity.  I helped my friends and neighbors, spoke out for communities, and assisted our police department in ways I was unable to when I was working.  In the end, I came away with a whole new outlook on life.

God also provided me with a beautiful granddaughter and daughter-in-law, who is a wonderful mother.  Due to an incident, God brought them into my home momentarily, which also brought me clarity and opportunity to help those needing help in a major way.

So now, I’m thankful when I wake up, that God has something for me to do today.  I’m excited to find out just what it is.  I’m open and available to each and every opportunity, and know that each thing that happens, whether I think it’s good or bad, has great meaning and opportunity, and I also know that everything, and I mean everything, happens for a reason.

This Christmas will be meager.  I have no extra money for the gift-giving I previously had, so now my gifts are going to be more meaningful, not lavish.  My family has agreed that we need to make our gifts mean something from us, not purchased by us.  We will seek out the needs of others, and try to fill those voids.  We are thankful to have each other, and to be able to help our brothers and sisters.

I must admit, I really have a taste for my son’s ham this year, and if we have that opportunity, it will be just one more thing to be very thankful for.  Please look around you.  Love your family, help your friends, make yourself that opportunity to give someone a step up, or put a smile on someone’s face.  In the end, as humans, we all just want to be loved and accepted by each other.  Look for that opportunity today!

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