Monday, December 22, 2008

What Are You Thankful For?

Tattered American flag blows in the wind caught in a treeI told myself I would not get stressed this Holiday Season; not get swept up in all the madness, consumerism, and misguided notions of what the Holiday Season is all about. Well this morning I failed. I got stressed about money, gifts, traffic, and every other fool-thing that I resigned to avoid getting worked up about this year.

When I returned home and gave another look at this photo I edited last night I was given a bit of a reality check. I have the gift of freedom; I have the gift of my family, I have the gift of my health. Not everyone, whether here or abroad, has these gifts - these "little" things we take for granted many of the days of our lives. These are really the big things, aren't they?

With this, I am thankful for all the love behind the gifts that will be exchanged this year and I hope you are too.

So while concerns of money, gifts, and bills vie for our attention, let's remember that we have the control to choose where to place the emphasis in our lives during this and every season.

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Anonymous said...

Nice job on the photo and a great post. It's a cool thing to come home from being 6000 miles away and see a piece of cloth, like the one in your photo, on a stick somewhere. ~Yellow_Wood

Poppa-D said...

Thanks bud. 6,000 miles huh? Where were you?

Anonymous said...

Great post! I'm glad you were able to re-focus. It's hard not to get swept up in the modern meanings of holidays.

Looks like everything you are doing is going well! Awesome!