It’s American Thanksgiving weekend. In Canada we celebrated Thanksgiving in early October – but being a serious booster of gratitude, I’m happy to be given another opportunity to flog it! (I’ve written about Thanksgiving before – last year here. This year I am delighted – & thankful! – to report that I shared Thanksgiving dinner with awesome friends & my kids & their partners. Woo hoo!!)

I don’t have much to say today, having just posted about appreciation yesterday.

But American Thanksgiving gives me the perfect opportunity to remind everyone of an awesome Don Henley song called ‘My Thanksgiving.’


I’m a very recent big fan of Don Henley’s music, having just a week ago encountered the CD ‘Inside Job’ for the first time (guess I was sleeping when he was younger & performing regularly on his own & before that, with the Eagles. My nickname could easily be Ms. Oblivious.  Ah well… Busy life, busy mind – music just hasn’t always been at the top of the agenda for me). His lyrics are brilliant – filled with insight & wisdom… & the music is awesome. (I’m a nut for piano, & happily there is plenty of that.)

In any case, I love that song! The whole CD actually.

Henley gets it about so much.

About gratitude (‘For My Wedding’ too.)

About environmental destruction (‘Good-bye to a River’ is an absolute stunner of a song.)

About corporate & political corruption, greed & evil. (‘Inside Job’)

Also, love (‘Taking You Home’ (video version here) And ‘Annabel’)

& apathy (‘Inside Job’)

&, of course, ‘The end of the innocence’ (not from the same CD).

As I said, I'm a big fan.

Yet another thing to be thankful for!! 


p.s. lots of postings about gratitude here, & quotations about it here

p.p.s. Buy Nothing Day tomorrow!!

Quote of the day’: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie, in The Language of Letting Go

Runners-up: “Abundance is not something we acquire. It’s something we tune into.” – Wayne Dyer

“However smart we be, however rich and clever or loving or charitable or spiritual or impeccable, it doesn't help us at all. The real power comes in to us from the beyond. Life enters us from behind, where we are sightless, and from below, where we do not understand. And unless we yield to the beyond, and take our power and might and honor and glory from the unseen, from the unknown, we shall continue empty.” D.H. Lawrence