Wednesday Words 11.25.15: Give thanks


Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.

Trouble no one about his religion.

Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours.

Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.

Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.

Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.

Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength.

Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.

If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

β€’ Tecumseh, Shawnee β€’

I’ve borrowed these words from Seth Godin’s The Thanksgiving Reader. If you are celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, I hope you have a good one.

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11 thoughts on “Wednesday Words 11.25.15: Give thanks

    • Rita says:

      You, too! I’m wondering how this holiday that seems to be mostly about the food is for you and all of yours. I hope yours is full of happy.

      • Lisa says:

        Thanksgiving is not that hard for us….well, no harder than any other day. We make everything from scratch. The Mister is right this moment sitting next to me making pie crusts. The younger two are (under supervision) making pie filling and orange cranberry muffins. Our menu is heavy on simply prepared veggies, homebaked bread, etc. We don’t make stuff out of boxes, but we never do, so it is no different.

        The harder holiday is Christmas Eve. The Mister’s family emigrated from Italy in the early 80s, so the Feast of the Seven Fishes is some serious eats. Now that Henry has developed a shellfish allergy, that cuts out three of the seven traditional dishes. We tried making them, but it is a preparation cross-contamination nightmare, so we are dropping them from the menu.

        Part of what makes this easy is that now are 3000 miles away from my (enormous) family, it is just us and my mother and father in law at the table. We are in control of the kitchen, so there aren’t any problems, usually. When we would go to my grandmother’s house back in NJ, it was a food nightmare. My dad is the oldest of 11, and holidays means 50+ people, all of them bringing nutcovered cheeseballs and peanutbutter cookies and avacado salads.
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        • Rita says:

          I’m glad it feels manageable–but sorry that food issues make family things more challenging. Food is such a big part of traditions, isn’t it? But people are the most important part. I don’t know what the Feast of the Seven Fishes is–but it sounds wonderful. I love Italian food. I hate traveling, but I really want to go back to Italy some day, just to eat. Hope you all have a wonderful day.

  1. Marian says:

    Very wise words….

    Even though we’ve been back in Canada for nearly 5 years now, it still feels a bit strange to me that for us, your big day (which was happily OUR big day too, for over a decade!) is now just another day! (Mind you, it’s rapidly turning into that for many in the US too, as Black Friday is quickly gobbling up the holiday πŸ™ ).

    Have a happy Thanksgiving, Rita!
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