shutterstock_127151162Do You practice this? GRATITUDE: Year-Round Attitude!

In response to my post series: Reasons for Happiness, a Reader smartly suggested a gratitude list. 

THANK YOU my Reader!:) So, here “it” is:

My random Gratitude list. I’ll “try” to keep it short 1-12! ;)

 

 HEY, don’t leave just yet:)

BONUS STUFF: (For putting up with my video and THANKS Chato for editing!:) Please read on IF You choose:

I give THANKS every day. I’m truly thankful for my life (i.e. my gratitude list)…and guess what?!

Personally, I’m not carving nor consuming turkey today (nor eating any bologna made by pilgrims and puritans or man-made traditions). Does that make me unthankful??! (It might make me a turkey (target), huh? Will You pardon me, my Readers? THANKS a Bunch!:)

I feel like a grilled cheese with tomato and dipped in hot sauce. (SORRY, If cheese consumption rather than turkey consumption offends anyone.) No pilgrim, no puritan, no family member, and no so-called “holy” day…is controlling me/dictating what I eat “today.”

BTW: I’m NOT a fan of baloney either -lol:)…and I hope, I’m not full of it, though You are free to disagree. And so am I, free to not follow any man-made traditions also known to some as:  made up sugar-coated stories crafted to control,  pacify and/or make money off the masses.

Further context please check out:

Halloween 2013

Easter, Eggs and Chocolate

1. All YOU need is…

“In” formed & Un-in-formed

What do You Think? How do You Exist? Are You Superstitious?

Love, Flowers & Chocolates

Boyle, Sagan: Scientific and Spiritual “Understanding” of Life Interdependency Part 3

Tweeting Bird: Say What?

Go to the…Source!

My odd sense of humor finds: it amusingly ironic that some, who “claim” to be non-religious or non-believers in God, participate in rituals and traditions based on/steeped in religion. And on the flip-side, some who “claim” to be believers or Christians–yet practice traditions or rites steeped in paganism…when researched, many of these so-called Christian traditions, are no where to be found (nor were practiced) among the first-century followers of Christ.

My choice of practice regarding anything: When in doubt, sit it out!-lol:)

Puritans, Pilgrims & Indians: What You OUGHTA know!

(A Feast of recent and no-so-recent research: brain food for digestion or indigestion depending on your state of mind.)

“The reason that we have so many myths associated with Thanksgiving is that it is an invented tradition. It doesn’t originate in any one event. It is based on the New England puritan Thanksgiving, which is a religious Thanksgiving, and the traditional harvest celebrations of England and New England and maybe other ideas like commemorating the pilgrims. All of these have been gathered together and transformed into something different from the original parts.”–James W. Baker, Senior Historian at Plimoth Plantation

“Encyclopædia Britannica,” report that in the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims celebrated for three days with their Indian friends. This is described in a letter by Edward Winslow, dated December 11, 1621. However, in the years that followed, thanksgiving holidays were kept to celebrate all kinds of events besides the harvest. The most infamous “thanksgiving” was proclaimed in 1637 by Governor John Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony after the massacre of hundreds of Pequot Indians.” ~Pilgrims & Puritans Who were They? Response to: Questions from Readers of Article

“Considering themselves to be the “elect” of God, many Puritans viewed the native peoples as subhuman squatters on the land. This attitude created resentment, and some natives began making attacks. So the Puritan leaders relaxed laws involving the Sabbath enough to allow men to carry guns on the way to worship. Then, in 1675, things got worse. Seeing the loss of his people’s territory, Metacomet, also known as King Philip, of the Wampanoag American Indians started raiding Puritan settlements, burning down houses, and massacring settlers. The Puritans retaliated, and the fighting went on for months. In August 1676, the Puritans captured Philip in Rhode Island. They beheaded him and had his body drawn and quartered. Thus ended King Philip’s War and independent life for the native peoples of New England.” ~Pilgrims & Puritans Who Were They?

“For some scholars, the jury is still out on whether the feast at Plymouth really constituted the first Thanksgiving in the United States. Indeed, historians have recorded other ceremonies of thanks among European settlers in North America that predate the Pilgrims’ celebration. In 1565, for instance, the Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilé invited members of the local Timucua tribe to a dinner in St. Augustine, Florida, after holding a mass to thank God for his crew’s safe arrival. On December 4, 1619, when 38 British settlers reached a site known as Berkeley Hundred on the banks of Virginia’s James River, they read a proclamation designating the date as “a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.”

“Some Native Americans and others take issue with how the Thanksgiving story is presented to the American public, and especially to schoolchildren. In their view, the traditional narrative paints a deceptively sunny portrait of relations between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people, masking the long and bloody history of conflict between Native Americans and European settlers that resulted in the deaths of millions. Since 1970, protesters have gathered on the day designated as Thanksgiving at the top of Cole’s Hill, which overlooks Plymouth Rock, to commemorate a “National Day of Mourning.” Similar events are held in other parts of the country.” ~History.com: Thanksgiving (Origins)

I’m all for hospitality and generosity and gratitude:  important aspects of Compassion Culture. Why can’t we exhibit these positive traits every day throughout the year??

Share Your Healthy Food: Brain and Otherwise, I say. There would be less starvation: mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally!

For related posts: please see:

Compassion Culture: SPEAK it, Baby!

What’s Holding Your mind? What’s Holding Your heart?

My Gratitude List (Random)

1. I want to express gratitude toward all Caregivers! Where would any of us be without those who care and give?

2. I’m grateful for cooler Florida weather…super-nice-change from hot.

3. Our beautiful Planet Earth and THANKS to ALL of YOU who are taking care of it! Thank You for Recycling!

4. Spinach in my teeth and (not in my teeth) in my tummy. (Hey, it’s good for You -lol:)

5. Books…good ones….and rare finds!

6. I’m grateful for readers and writers. THANKS to ALL my READERS!:)

7. Safe and informative websites that offer genuine help and accurate information/knowledge

8. Poetry and poets that reach hearts with winsome words…

9. Clean Air

10. Compassion

11. Family and Friends old and new, near and far. All who are transforming/being transformed/changing into beautiful butterflies! In other words: learning and practicing True Freedom aka Compassion! :)

12. Live Turkeys and Uncut Trees and… Clean Water and

No! Coca-Cola for You! – lol:) see post: No Popcorn For You

 PEACE PEOPLE: Psych Central & Beyond!:)

 

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    Last reviewed: 28 Nov 2013

APA Reference
Winifred, J. (2013). My Gratitude List 1-12. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 18, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/wellness/2013/11/my-gratitude-list-1-12/

 

 

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