Monday, October 13, 2008

Thanks and Giving

View from our window today

Today is Thanksgiving Day here in Canada. Kinda cool to have Thanksgiving before Halloween 'cause it helps with the frantic rush that often accompanies the Holidays in the States. Amid worldwide economic jitters, national elections here and in the U.S., and everyone hoping for "Change" of one sort or another, it's a good time to be grateful for the abundance in our lives.

Out towards Drumheller (from the car)

Afternoon lighting in the Canadian Rockies (cerulean_blue)

Recently, I was asked to help with something significant at our church and although I was initially flattered and glad to help, I found my attention waning during the planning meeting and becoming a bit resentful of the time it was taking. Yet, after the Sunday service came off beautifully, I realized that it's not all about me and what I like or dislike. I realized that I need to focus more on the giving aspect. Instead of waiting for someone to say " were great and we are so grateful to you," my reward can be in knowing that I have been of service, done my best, and perhaps my efforts will have a positive ripple effect. Leaves reflected on the lake (nancy rose)

It would be great if we could change everyone else to make the world a better place. But, a better world starts with each of us. It's hard not to be selfish or envious of others, isn't it? It can be challenging, eh? But selflessness helps us do the greatest good. And, we have so much for which to be thankful, including you, beloved reader.

Amber waves of grain (westrock bob)

Here's a little peek of something I appreciate: A good friend who comes to Thanksgiving dinner and a trash taker outer who does it all on his own. ...

What are YOU thankful for?


BWJ said...

i am thankful for you and my brother, and my kids, and my husband, and my parents, and my job, and friends, and of course grace & redemption...
and it is an awesome feeling, being selfless...when i realize or remember that it is not all about me...imagine that:)

Canadian Mum said...

Tom and I are thankful for your friendship with you guys! We are also thankful that you are warming the pews at Hillhurst and keeping the beat alive! We are thankful that you two will be coming to see us next week and we can get a good injection of dominoes! Yippee!

Sada said...

I saw that it was C'da's Thanksgiving -- it was on my calendar -- kinda different to have it before H'ween! I'm thankful for so many things.....

I completely agree -- selflessness!!!!!!!! Must I say more! What a tough concept for humans!