To nourish your mind as well as your body

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.

-Mahatma Gandhi

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! In honor of the holiday and spending a wonderful week with my family who I so rarely get to see, I thought I would share one of my favorite thanksgiving poems, written by a Unitarian minister. So, here it is.

A Prayer Of Thanksgiving By Reverend Max Coots

Let us give thanks...
For generous friends...with hearts as big as hubbards and smiles as bright as their blossoms;
For feisty friends as tart as apples;
For continuous friends, who, like scallions and cucumbers, keep reminding us we had them;
For crotchety friends, as sour as rhubarb and as indestructible;
For handsome friends, who are as gorgeous as eggplants and as elegant as a row of corn -- and the others -- as plain as potatoes, and so good for you.
For funny friends, who are as silly as brussels sprouts and as amusing as Jerusalem artichokes, and serious friends as complex as cauliflowers and as intricate as onions;
For friends as unpretentious as cabbages, as subtle as summer squash, as persistent as parsley, as delightful as dill, as endless as zucchini, and who -- like parsnips -- can be counted on to see you through the long winter;
For old friends, nodding like sunflowers in the evening-time, and young friends coming on as fast as radishes;
For loving friends, who wind around as like tendrils, and hold us despite our blights, wilts, and witherings;
And finally, for those friends now gone, like gardens past, that have been harvested - but who fed us in their times that we might have life thereafter;
For all these we give thanks.  

Remember, Thanksgiving is about showing love and gratitude to the people who have made your life possible - the ones who held you when you were born, guided you through your rough patches, led you past dangers, and helped to shape you into the wonderful person you a today. Not eating. Be moderate. Guide by example. And enjoy yourselves!