159 – Thankful

Thanksgiving in America is an important holiday and tradition. Although the holiday is this Thursday, I post this walk in the spirit of the season. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Not only am I lucky to walk this beach as a snowbird, I’m also thankful for the opportunity of our time away from the cold north. Even when it is cold along the northern Gulf coast, it is warmer than at home. From that perspective, I’m thankful.

To me, thankfulness is an expression of gratitude and/or appreciation. It’s a credit and respect – an acknowledgment – a positive message or sign of indebtedness through a personal reflection.

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Thankfulness is a quality – a returned kindness – a blessing to give back for receiving. After all, thankfulness in both directions makes us happy.

Thankfulness involves people. I think of the workers at the grocery store who smile and engage in small conversations while genuinely helping.

I am thankful for ideas someone has put into action so life can be easier. Someone got the idea to have levers on doors instead of knobs, which life easier for everyone – therefore, we should be grateful for all the people involved in the history of levers.

I am thankful for little things – unexpected smiles, friendly hellos from strangers, politeness, positive attitudes, respect, kindness, pleasant memories, good conversations, good people, and unexpected emails, texts, and phone calls from others because they were thinking of me.

I am thankful that I believe the majority of the world is good. Life can easily make us negative. After all, humanity has a way of accentuating the negative. The dark side has a way of taking the positive for granted while emphasizing the negative because of selfishness.

I am thankful for what I’ve done well with the most important decision in life – who do I choose to be in my circle of friends? Part of that may be luck, but in life, our personal choices of others have much to say about us.

I am thankful for being able to travel. Not only for being able to do so but for embracing what it does to me. Travel gives me a greater appreciation for history, culture, and people and – what I’ve learned about other people, places, and things as well as myself.

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I am thankful for pets. They love us, our presence, and what we do for them. I think about Jeremy, our first cat. He would come to the door to greet us upon returning from work. He would patiently wait by the chair for one of us to take a seat – then jump into our lap for the evening while purring away. And we were very thankful for his thankfulness.

I’m thankful for eating bananas daily. We are fortunate to have easy access to this fruit – and at an inexpensive cost. Yet, as I think about bananas, I wonder how many people were involved in getting that banana from the tree to me. All the hands along the way, each pair yearning for their pay – something they are willing to accept to improve their life.

After I left teaching many years ago, the list of thankfulness could be lengthy. People asked me what I missed about teaching. Although teaching has its share of negatives, I always mention positive interactions with positive people because I am very thankful for those interactions.

I am thankful for the things we take for granted, such as medicine, the ability to heal, music, flowers, food, water, air, sunrises and sunsets, community, biological diversity, and more.

I am thankful for the many memories. People that I’ve known throughout my life. People from long ago who are either gone or whereabouts unknown. The smells I recall from meals and delightful wines – the moments in time that stick with us, plus the people, places, and things associated with that moment.

I am thankful for the unexpected smiles from strangers, the opening and closing of doors, and people insisting you go first for whatever reason.

I am happy and thankful, but I wonder. Does thankfulness make us happy or does happiness make us thankful? But this also makes me wonder about the conflict between wants and needs, plus giving and taking.

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I am thankful for the smells here at the beach and the pleasant hellos from some I pass. Not all do so, but I tend to focus more on the pleasantries than the negatives.

I am thankful for the beach and want it gives me – the sand, breezes, waves, sounds, smells, sky, clouds, and the sun – the shells on the beach and watching the various seabirds go about their daily business of life in a different way than the others.

I end this walk looking at the buildings on the beach and realizing everything in those units connects to people. Life involves its share of luck, yet each of us is only on this planet for a short time. So, thank you for the many gifts and little things. I’m also thankful that I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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103 thoughts on “159 – Thankful”

  1. Being thankful is preceded by being aware of what you have and what you could lose. I’m thankful for my health, my imagination, my intellect, and my family. All things I treasure and would be distraught if I lost!

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  2. Thank you for the music, and for being Frank. How will you spend the day tomorrow- a family meal, get together? And an after dinner walk? If you saw the article at Becky’s today, a little backwards walking (or dancing)? Enjoy, however it finds you!

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    1. Jo,
      We will spend the holiday at my sister-in-laws as we will be joined by our nieces, their hubbies, and the 3 great nieces will keep everyone on their toes. Hopefully we will get some walking in to burn a few calories. Thanksgiving wishes to you and yours across the pond.


  3. Each Thanksgiving I am blessed to be present for is special to me…..at one point in my life I wasn’t so sure I’d be around for more chances to be thankful but here I am – my BIGGEST Thankful. I can’t even begin to list the things I’ve been thankful for all these years but every morning when I wake up I am thankful and full of joy to be here for another day – might be a bit “simple” but it’s true. This is the best gift of all. Happy Thanksgiving Frank to you and your family – and THANK YOU for the stimulating posts that stir the mind and imagination!

    Hugs, Pam

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    1. Pam,
      Thank you for the wonderful comment. Yes, so much to be thankful for, so it comes down to life! You mentioned being thankful when you wake up to start a new day. As some of the seniors say at the golf course, they awaken on the right side of the grass. I invite you to come back and see the video I added in the comments further down from this down. It speaks to your comment – and I know you’ll like it. Happy Thanksgiving and I grateful that you are in my blogging community.


  4. Good morning, Frank. I think Murisopsis is right that you have to be aware to feel thankful.
    Thank you for the post on thankfulness! I hope you have a lovely holiday.

    (BTW, I think this is the first time I have ever heard you mention pet. I am very thankful to have my cat.)

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    1. Merril,
      Absolutely – awareness is a very important part of the equation. Muri’s line was so good, I wish I would have thought of it! We’ve had 3 cats in married life. All 3 different, yet all 3 special. After the last one, we decided not to get another one because of my wife’s allergies. Given she is now retired and we like to travel, I doubt if we would get another pet. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  5. Thankfulness means being content and appreciative of what you have, give and receive.
    And I am thankful for George Winston on this Wednesday morning.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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    1. Monica,
      Good point. I think back to the days of the lockdown. Even though we were limited, an aspect of life was more relaxed and joyful just to be outside walking – even meeting new people. Meanwhile, I encourage you to watch the video I placed in the comments up from here. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your wonderful dogs.

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    1. Resa,
      We’ve intersect for most of my blog life, so I am more than grateful for your comment. I’m truly touched. After all, you choked me up a bit. Loved you musical selection for me – and gotta love the great comedy show – Golden Girls. Happy Thanksgiving to you … Cheers!

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    1. Laurie,
      One of the things we have in common is our love for a wide range of music. I am grateful for that because too many people limit themselves. Meanwhile, the positive nature of the blogging community remains the biggest surprise that I didn’t expect … and I am very grateful to embrac that surprise. Best holiday wishes to you and yours!

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  6. I believe in thankfulness as an ongoing value. I wish that as a society we did more than pay lip service to the concept on one day of the year. But maybe it’s a start? Happy Thanksgiving, Frank

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    1. Ally,
      Great point. Although we emphasize the thought and the holiday once a year, I think part of the holiday’s purpose is to help us realize that our gratitude should be throughout the year. Also, and to your point, I invite you to return to watch the video I included in the comments above. The young man supports your point. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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  7. What a beautiful and uplifting post on gratitude. There is always something we can be grateful for and once we begin to think about it, we will find more and the most ordinary things become most precious.
    Thank you very much for including the link to my post. I am very thankful for that, Frank!

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    1. Erika,
      I’m glad you enjoyed this walk that marks an important holiday in the USA. Once we think about, everything could be on the gratitude list. But that’s message from the video I included in the comments above. I hope you return to watch it. I’m also thankful that you wrote your post that supported mine. Cheers to you!


      1. I used to make weekly lists of gratitude. I did it together with a friend. We both were in difficult situations and this list neve failed to make us aware about all the good in our lives and lifted our souls.
        Thank you for telling me about the video. I am looking forward to watching it, Frank. Thanks a lot again 😊

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          1. It absolutely did and it helped my friend too. I can only recommend doing this frequently. It helps distancing from what doesn’t matter and takes you to what really matters. It generates a lot of contentment and joy.

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              1. You say it, Frank! With a little bit awareness we recognize when we lose that perspective. And right then we need to step back and remember that there is a bigger picture. What a wonderful and insightful conversation about gratitude, thank you, Frank!

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  8. Lots of things for which to be thankful in your post, Frank. I’m also thankful for travel and the blessing of friends who remain friends even over distance and time. I’m thankful for garbage men/sanitation workers because without them we’d be in deep trouble…and in deep garbage. I’m thankful for whomever came up with the little extension on the top of the Ziploc bags, making it easier to open them. I’m betting it was someone’s wife who got tired of trying to get them open. 🙂 I’m thankful to live in the US, for our service men and women, for the right to vote, the right to worship freely, and so much more. I’m also thankful for blogging and all the wonderful bloggers I’ve met, whether online or in-person.

    A blessed Thanksgiving to you, Frank, and to the entire online community who celebrates.

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    1. Janet,
      Thank you for your thoughtful answer. What I like about it is that you included such a wide variety of things – including the simple as your point about Ziploc bags. It supports so much of the idea that the young man’s attitude in the video I included in the comments above. I encourage you to watch it. Wonderful Thanksgiving wishes to you and yours!

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              1. I’m keeping myself busy, I am creating my own little opera with arts funding, so I’ve been working on that most of today. Then back to catching up on aria preparations tomorrow, German lessons getting ready for an exam next year and some new songs for a concert.

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  9. Frank, I loved this article. It is almost as if you have been reading my mind. I am grateful for many of the things you have mentioned. I think of one of the last things that my dad said in his life.” Despite the highs and lows and all that has passed, aren’t we lucky to have walked this earth”! Happy Thanksgiving.

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  10. I am actually thankful that I grew up with grandparents and parents who modeled gratitude and thanksgiving in ways that definitely influenced how I hope to live. I feel very confident that this attitude has helped me throughout my life. I have a hard time being in the company of people who are not able to show thankful hearts, and there are a lot of people with a habit of ingratitude. Thanks for a wonderful way to express the spirit of thanksgiving as we celebrate our national holiday, Frank. I hope your Thanksgiving was a special day.

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  11. Hope you and yours had a lovely Thanksgiving, Frank. I think being grateful *should* be a way of life — most of us have more than enough for our needs, and it’s a good feeling to be able to share some of our bounty with others. (Ouch, that Notre Dame-USC game was painful, wasn’t it?!)

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    1. Debbie,
      Grateful as a way of life is a great idea. I agree – we have more than enough! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday … well, except for the game. On the other hand, USC is very good & may be one of the four teams making the playoffs. Meanwhile, looks like my team is losing their coach to Wisconsin. 😦

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  12. Just lovely, Frank! This may be my favorite post of yours so far! I have read, and I believe, that thankfulness will bring joy and contentment. I recently read that gratefulness can even improve finances (helping you be satisfied with what you have). Focusing on the good in our lives helps us be better people. And there is no better place to contemplate such thoughts than a walk on the beach! Happy Happy Thanksgiving, Frank! I am thankful for these beautiful reminders mentioned in your post 🙏😊 (and the piano music, so beautiful and calming…)

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    1. Lisa,
      Thank you, thank you. Your comment made me smile with pride. I wanted to include many little things, so I’m glad that it resonated with you. I can also say that I wrote this long ago but knew its place would be this time of the year. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving weekend.

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