Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody

Thanksgiving_000004518224XSmall How many people woke up this morning, given the fact that today is a US holiday, Thanksgiving Day, even a moment's notice? And then tomorrow are back into the fast pace of our busy lives.  The day goes fleeting by, we eat too much turkey, watch too much football, hopefully get to spend some time with family and friends, and then it's all over.

I want to offer a different suggestion for this Thanksgiving Day. I don't care if your Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, or commune with the cosmic presence in your own way. I don't care if you are rich or poor.  I don't care if you are young or old, healthy or sick, happy or sad, or somewhere in between. Here is my suggestion.

Why not "pray the day" away making each moment today a special moment, a thankful moment to be savored.

Why not "put the brakes" on email, Facebook, Twitter, and all the other "busyness" of our lives and consciously just stop and enjoy "a thankful pause that refreshes."

Maybe it's just a breath of the crisp, brisk Midwestern air, a soft breeze, the soft sounds of birds, the aroma of the turkey in the oven, or a pie, cake or cookies fresh from the oven. Maybe it's snuggling up with a loved one, sharing a laugh with a sibling, hugging mom or dad no matter how old you are, calling a friend you haven’t talked to in a while or tossing a football with your kids.  All these moments and so many other moments today, when noted to ourselves consciously, can be thankful prayerful moments if we make them just that.

Living Thanksgiving Day this way today will make it that much more special for you and all those around you.

A special THANKS to all our service men and women around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with you as you continue to serve our country. May God bless. 

Happy Thanksgiving everybody,  -David

p.s. LaDawn and I or spending the long weekend together and with friends which is another way of saying I will be taking a "bye" on the blog tomorrow which means you can too.  You'll see me here again bright and early on Monday from Cabo Mexico, all the pixels willing. So have a great weekend and I'll see you then,  David


  1. AMEN!

    I've learned so much from you & DPT, but I think this may be one of your best posts. Thank you, for all you've done for the photographic community.

  2. All great thoughts.

    But what if you are atheist, David, and do not believe in any power or deity? Spare us a thought! :-)

    Happy thanksgiving.

  3. In 1941, Congress passed a joint resolution establishing Thanksgiving Day. Well, I don't need Government to tell me what day to express thanks. Nor have me eat turkey. No thanks! Even the Pilgrims didn't celebrate Thanksgiving after the first one, after they planned accordingly to have sufficient food supply for the winter months and weren't dying off any more like they were the first time around in the new world. And over-eating and dealing with crazy relatives... say, how is that so different from what most Americans do every day anyhow? ;P

  4. awesome post! i may have learned more from this than any of your photography posts!