Some observations on Thanksgiving 2013, punctuated by quotes from Soren Kierkegaard, W. T. Purkiser, W.N. Rieger and Albert Schweitzer.
“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
W. T. Purkiser
In the last few weeks I have visited two different friends who were in intensive care. One is now back home playing with his son and the other is in good spirits, recovering in a rehabilitation center. I am grateful for their recovery.
My older son is back from his first half-semester at college. We celebrated his sister’s birthday with all of our children and grandchildren. I am grateful we were able to gather together and that we all get along well.
“But he who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, shall receive a light beating. Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more.”
Luke 12:48 (Revised Standard Version)
We have so much in Silicon Valley, I hope we can do more in the next year to help others less fortunate not only with charity but by innovations that create new opportunities for employment, education, and better medical care.
“It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities. A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it.”
It can be hard to tell what possibilities to focus on, often what first appear to be difficulties are in fact opportunities. I need to challenge myself in 2014 to remember to look for the deeper implications of what seems like a setback.
Please have a happy Thanksgiving.
“Much unhappiness results from our inability to remember the nice things that happen to us.”