Thanksgiving Revisited

Last Update: Nov 26, 2022

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What To Give Thanks For

In our own cultures around the world, there are several ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. Each of these cultures have traditions of their own.

In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated to give thanks to Providence for bringing them to a New World not shackled to the traditions and customs of their originating countries.

Most notably was the freedom of religion. One religion or another was being forced upon the populations of these countries. If you did not agree with them, you could in fact be executed.

As I look back upon my reason to be thankful, I am reminded of all the successes I have had this year as well as my failures.

I look at the health of my family as well as my own. There is much to be thankful for. My health has improved from 4 years ago far more than was expected. I still have days when walking can be related to someone who is walking on thin ice. A fall can come without warning.

I am thankful for my wife for all she does for me. I try to help her with whatever she needs. There are times when it would have been easier for her to do it but I wanted to share part of her life, to ease her load a bit. That is only proper in my eyes. She has minor health issues that she tries to hide from me but I still see the struggles.

Gobble Until You Wobble

That is a phrase you often hear at Thanksgiving. While my family and I do enjoy the traditional feast at Thanksgiving, we try to keep the number of dishes limited and only for the number of people we are feeding. There are a few leftovers but not enough that we will be eating them for a week. If there are significant leftovers, we place them in containers for the freezer. This way we have a fully prepared meal for a time in the future.

I have had to watch my weight for the last 4 years because of my heart surgery and Guillain-Burre syndrome. I struggle with it daily and allow myself to indulge a bit more than I normally would. No longer having that second or third slice of pie or cake, no longer do I desire it. Oftentimes, I will not have anything sweet.

Focus On What To Be Thankful For

My focus has changed over the years. In the past, I was more focused on stuffing myself to the point of misery. I learned from my mistakes and that is no longer my focus.

There were times that I focused more on who prepared what, when would we eat, who would be there, would there be a family conflict, the list was long. I was never truly happy in those situations but went out of obligation to family.

Now that my wife is facing the end of her Mother's life, my focus is on my wife and finding a way to support her for that fateful day. My wife is a strong woman and can withstand most trials in life. She and her Mother have not been close for most of my wife's life, but it is still her Mother. I will be there to help carry her past some of the hurdles she will face.

We both put our faith in God above! We know that He will do most of the carrying and give the most comfort and support she will need. Giving him thanks and praise him for the life we are living. We may not have much in the way of material goods but we have more treasure in heaven than we would ever have here.

Having faced the loss of a child, both of my parents, 2 of her brothers and many other losses but we have faced them together. We are thankful for one another.

Many of the pictures in this post are from the turkey I smoked for Thanksgiving. My wife loved the way it turned out on a pellet grill I was gifted in September.

We have found that by God's grace are we allowed to have anything and for that I am THANKFUL.

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Jerry

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Thanksgiving has been mistreated for a long time.
I agree that less is often more. But unfortunately, that is a lesson that I learned later in life as well.

Having my brother and sister a couple of weeks ago for the weekend. Then Thanksgiving, and having my son and 2 daughters, and all but one of the grandkids, at the same table, now that is what is important.

I too am blessed, and grateful for the family here in Wealthy Affiliate.
Sami

Sami,
Thanks for reading and commenting. It is sad that we often learn this lesson later in life, but I feel the lessons are sweeter for that. It is wonderful to have family and friends together to share a meal and reminisce about days gone by. Those days will become fewer as the years go by but the lessons, memories, smells, tastes, and emotions will still be as strong. I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season.
Jerry

This is so beautiful, Jerry
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family

Simone,
Thanks for reading and commenting. I thought it appropriate to share some of the many blessings that have been mine. We need to take time to really look at how much we have been blessed and what we need to be thankful for.
Jerry

Absolutely, Jerry
That's how I feel when I reflect on all the good things that God has been doing and giving me.
I am so grateful and thankful every day

Simone,
I have found the more God blesses us, we find we have more to be thankful for. There is an abundance to God's love that we can't fully appreciate.
Jerry

That's so true, Jerry
It really feels good to be blessed

Hi, Jerry

It sounds like you had a good Thanksgiving, considering all the challenges you are facing.

It’s great that you’re helping your wife and she’s helping you . That’s the way it’s supposed to be! 😎

God Bless You Both,
Frank 🎸

Frank,
Thanks for reading and commenting. I count all the challenges I have been through as blessings. I have learned to love more deeply and appreciate the small things in life with greater joy. I am blessed to have a wife that has stood beside me through the rough times as I stand with her in her time of need.
Jerry

That's terrific, Jerry!

You've very fortunate to have found each other. 😊

I hope that things become easier for you both.

Frank

There are many things in this world that would pull most people apart but after what we have gone through over 39 years. We have learned to rely on each other and the goodness of God and to be thankful that we have that support from one another.
Jerry

God Bless You Both, Jerry! 😊

This is a very true and poignant post, Jerry! God Bless you and your wife, my friend!

We have everything to be thankful to God for!

Jeff🙏

Jeff,
Thanks for reading and commenting. I do thank God for the many blessings I have received. You know my story and how far I have had to travel to get to this point. I hope your Thanksgiving was Blessed and joyful. Keep the faith, I am praying for things to go your way.
Jerry

You're very welcome, Jerry, and I was further touched again by your story! What a journey, and you and your wife's faith has weathered it all! I will always keep my faith, my friend!

Jeff

Happy Thanksgiving PLUS!!

Thank you for commenting. I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We all have many blessings to be thankful for.
Jerry

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