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“Thanksgiving” – Being Grateful

Remembrance –  Samuel F. Pugh

 O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry. When I have work, help me to remember the jobless. When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all. When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer. And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency, bestir my compassion, and be concerned enough to help, by word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted. Amen.

He Is Good – Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God:
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good;
his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” –  Gilbert K. Chesterton

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson

Thanksgiving Observance – by Author Unknown

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

Thanksgiving Day – by Lydia Maria Child

Over the river and through the wood,
To Grandfather’s house we go;
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh
Through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river and through the wood,
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes,
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and through the wood,
Trot fast, my dapple gray!
Spring over the ground,
Like a hunting hound,
For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river and through the wood,
And straight through the barnyard gate!
We seem to go
Extremely slow,
It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood;
Now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun!
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO MY FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND READERS!    

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

One way to Calm the Mind

We all know that life can be a real “challenge” from one day to the next – or more like one minute to the next on occasion.  When we try to fit everything that is important to us, along with the mundane necessities into our daily schedules, it makes for one hectic lifestyle.  It generally leaves our minds frazzled and our bodies in a constant state of stress.  So what do we do to calm down?

Well, in the case of this writer, there are a few things that come to mind.  I am of the creative “ilk”, so I put my thoughts and energies into several things.  The obvious outlet for my creativity is writing.  I am also a musician, (I play guitar – left-handed – check out my website under “About”), and so for many years I wrote songs and played with quite a few bands.  A lot of my songs became poetry, along with many more poems which have been compiled into one of my books called “TAPESTRY.”  Many of my poems have a medieval tone and some are quite classic and epic in nature.

Like novels, poetry can carry you to parts unknown, but may have very different emotional and spiritual effects from person to person.  A poem can allow you to see things from a different perspective, can tell a story, and often has a very tranquil or calming effect.   At the most basic level, poetry is important because it makes us think, it opens us up to wonder and the sometimes astonishing possibilities of language. It is, in its subtle yet powerful way, a discipline for re-engaging with a world we take too much for granted.   So, here are a couple of mine, and if you would like to read more, check out TAPESTRY”.

Tapestry

 

THE TRAVELER

I step upon the path

And strain my eyes to see ahead

I walk to strengthen my resolve

And resolve will make me walk instead

Throughout my life – toward the light

For answers to this strange and tangled thread

I move upon the road

And hasten toward the light I see

I run to manifest my hope

And hope it finds my inner need

Throughout my days – a thousand ways

For answers that are always plaguing me

 

I fly above the highway

And stretch my wings up to the sky

I soar because the dream is real

And real is cause to fantasize

Throughout the years – and all the tears

For answers to this haunting lullaby

 

 EPITAPH

I sit here by the windowsill

And sometimes wonder while I’m still

If life is but a test of will

Or dreamlike with a wisp of smoke

To damn us all, as if it spoke

But now that I have gathered age

I see my life as one more page

Of teaching like a withered sage

To dream upon a younger man

As only one with my age can

And set into this world a passioned rage

For this to go on as before

The young must always yearn for more

Than living stolid, war to war

And hiding from their feelings lost

While living, though their lives are tossed

Onto the sand that marks the ocean’s shore

 

I hope you enjoy – Happy reading,

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

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