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may you always have food on your table

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via Daily Prompt: Mercy

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Thank you for stopping by! I hope that you have many blessings brought to your table now and throughout the year. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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As Thanksgiving approaches, I find myself more emotional and reflective of the many milestones in our long family history, both happy and sad, that have taken place at this time of the year.  While many holidays are based on religious observance, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to share the feast, created by many hands, gathered in one home.

As we enter my sister’s home, I am reminded of the passage of time; there are those who are no longer with us, but whose spirit I carry in my heart.  There are beautiful babies and grandchildren to marvel at.  New spouses have joined in our family celebrations and the branches continue to grow and spread out.

Each offering of food has been created with love and the menu composed to provide for Dad’s favorite flavors (we are good daughters).  Great grandparents sit with four generations in a home that continues to stretch its walls each year.

It is a blessing to still be able to gather and celebrate each other’s presence.  Surrounded by those whom we love and cherish, sensitivities and emotions can run high.  We each have our vulnerabilities and differing views among our interdependence.  We are close, or far, but connected nonetheless.

For this, and throughout the year, I have gratitude.

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May you always have food on your table, friends and family to support you, and good memories to shelter you from harm.
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At this time of the year, our desire to beautify is atmospheric and much of what we seek to create is the “perfect” holiday environment. We reach out for comforting traditions with food, clothing, music, and decor.

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It sounds profound, yet came from something so simple that my husband said.

Circumstances, and the daily efforts that add up to our lives, can bring forth unique discoveries. Words uttered innocently become a message that ricochets around the brain in its startling clarity.

With so many choices each moment, how do we narrow down the most meaningful?  What kind of satisfaction are we seeking?  Inspiration comes in many forms.

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There are no rules for what makes one person happy or brings joyful delight to another. Cleaning house, as it were, in any form can be revitalizing if it is what you genuinely want to do. However, it can also bring fear and anxiety as one tries to make sense of the situation that he finds himself in.

I am not one of the elite trying to clear all of the clutter out of my house. I certainly have not succeeded in doing so among my many thoughts. But, in whatever way you choose to create and embrace your surroundings, enhance your environment in the way that makes sense for you in its most individual form.  Indeed, enlightenment may be found in truly wanting what you choose.

However, finding what you need among all of it, with joy, beauty, and gratitude, makes it all the more satisfying.

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you enjoy your visit.
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As an avowed Empathy Queen, individuals with passion, enthusiasm, sincerity, humor, honesty, and resilience are the ones who elicit my strongest sense of empathy.

When you have created strong emotion, for good or bad, you have found an audience that wants to take action.  Sympathy, pity and fear are short-term motivators and cause people to disconnect.  Yet, empathy makes someone want to advocate for you.

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This is the time of year when people want inclusion and to reinforce our desire for positive change in the world.  Every mass appeal still needs to reach the group as one person at a time to engage the head, heart and hands.

While I paused to consider those things for which I am grateful, my thoughts ran to setting aside some time and funds to donate on Giving Tuesday.

 

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#Giving Tuesday is today and is a global collaboration of social media and begins a notable period of charitable giving for the Holiday season and through the end of the year.

You can give your time, your money, or any other gift that can make a difference in your workplace, community, school, state, or country.  Last year, over 700,000 people in 70 countries raised over $116,000,000 online! 

We have so many wonderful charities to advocate for and people who need someone to fight for them. I have personally witnessed the devastation of ALS, destroying our loved ones and families, one neuron at a time.  Mental health stigma and shame still exists on a monumental level.  Not only do we still lack health insurance parity in the US, but, many are unable to seek treatment as fewer and fewer providers offer any insurance coverage at all. Less than 41% of individuals in the U.S. with a mental health condition received treatment this past year (http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers).

You are sensitive to those life-changing crises that have affected you and can offer encouragement, support, and comfort to someone who thinks that no one else in the world can possibly understand.

Choose a cause that elicits your empathy; you understand because you have experienced it firsthand.  Each of us has struggled and that can be a lesson and an aid to understanding another.  We have so much to be thankful for and gratitude for that which we have survived.  Sharing our blessings with those whom we care for is part of how we prepare for Thanksgiving.

Sharing our blessings with those who need our help is part of how we can prepare for #Giving Tuesday and throughout the charitable season.

Wishing you every blessing to share ~~~

 

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Thank you so much for sharing your time with me.

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