Happy belated holidays, and I hope you all are faring well. Thanksgiving this year fell on a day that I wasn’t scheduled to post a blog, so I just decided to let it go and post one afterwards. I must say it was a good decision, as now I can actually look at the day in retrospect and say something deeper.
In as much as I don’t want to make this post a political one, I feel it is rather important that we acknowledge the fact that Thanksgiving day originated from the massacre of native Americans by the invaders and the next day was set aside as a day to give “thanks” for the victory of the natives who were killed. I personally do not know if it is right to celebrate such a day but I guess it is not my place to say how or what days a country should keep as holidays. In that light I shall focus on what I have to say. Nevertheless I felt I chip that in there.
On Thanksgiving Day, my day started off pretty much like any other day until it was time for the Lunch feast. For those of you who know me personally, I am a Vegetarian so no Turkey or any animal was killed for lunch. We had a violence free feast cooked with love and devotion by some wonderful volunteers. There was Pumpkin pie, Spaghetti, corn and cream, Rice, Soya barbecue, Chutney, Strawberry shake, Non Alcoholic grape wine, just to mention a few of the preps. I couldn’t resist the entire ensemble and definitely ate to my satisfaction. However later that evening I was invited to a more personal family gathering, where we were about 10 -12 in attendance. During this Thanksgiving evening get together each person was asked to share something they were grateful for and I also did. I shall try to re-share most of what I said even if I can’t remember verbatim all of it.
I hope it inspire someone to also be grateful for what they have in life.
“I am grateful for the gift of life, good health, sound mind and intelligence. I am grateful for a healthy and whole body and the ability to make choices. I am grateful for my Parents as I am a product of their love and care. If anyone sees any wonderful trait in me, it means my parents did a good job raising me up. If you notice any flaws, it is probably because I am still working on all they have thought me and haven’t mastered it all yet. I am grateful for being born as a Vaishnava and I feel privileged and not cocky in any way.
I am grateful for my Spiritual Mentors who have accepted me as their disciple, whatever good fortune I have they have created by their mercy. I am grateful for the amount of education I have been given access, both informal and formal, because even by western standards it is quite at par with most of my peers in developed nations. I am grateful for being part of such a lovely community and I am also grateful for been given the chance to be part of it. I am grateful for all those who I work with for tolerating me, teaching me indirectly or directly as every day I learn something in one way or the other.
I am grateful for all the relationships I have had and all those who have crossed my path or walk through my life. I have had my share of good, bad and ugly relationships still I am most grateful. Even for those relationships that were seemingly unsuccessful I am most grateful because from them I learnt how to be a better me, and to know exactly what I didn’t want in my life. I must say I am a product of all my experiences; past, present and those yet to come.
I am grateful for being part of such a wonderful way of life, which to me is more than just a religion. Vaishnavism is our innate nature and practicing is way of life and not just doctrines. I am grateful for having the extremely rare privilege of worshipping the lord in his self-manifested form as Salagram and I pray that by each passing day I become better in my service to them. I am grateful to my dear friend who gave me my first Sila, I will be eternally grateful to you. I am grateful for travel experience having been practically 3/4th across the globe without being a Billionaire. I am grateful for all those who I have met in one country or another for I have imbibed something from all of you and as such made myself a better human being. To me the perfect human being is an amalgamation of all humans, and as such if I can imbibe good qualities from all over the world then I can pride myself as a global citizen.
I am grateful for those things that the Lord is doing in my life that I have no idea of, I am grateful for those things I am yet to see and I am grateful for his grace in my life. I am grateful for the little things I take for granted and I ask the Lord to forgive me when I nag unconsciously being ungrateful for all that he has done. I am grateful for all those who have helped me in one way or another in my life, I didn’t get here all by myself, I had help. I really appreciate. I am also grateful to also those who said No to me when I needed their help, for by rejecting me you taught me to be strong and independent. Your refusal to help me, made me look for other ways to become a better person.
I am grateful for everything.”
I hope this simple gratitude of mine in the spirit of being grateful on thanksgiving inspires us to be grateful. Till next week, do read, share and follow for more.