The Basket Lady
The Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner and I’m eagerly anticipating the biggest feast of the year.
Right now, I can imagine the smells of oven baked stuffed turkey, carved on a platter with a side of mashed potatoes, plump, hot, yeast rolls soaked in butter, a dollop of cranberry sauce and for dessert, a choice of homemade pumpkin or apple pie topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Finally, the last minute hubbubs have settled down and folks gather around the table to eat, eat and eat some more.
Diet? Really? Forget about it. It’s Thanksgiving and getting the most from every thankful bite.
There’s always a diet in our future but for today, we shall merrily eat!
I’m thankful for food, of course, but what I’m most thankful for is now. The present, this very moment and the question that I ask myself every day is, “how good am I at being in the present?”
The willingness and ability to live fully in the now eludes many people.
While eating your appetizer, don’t be concerned with dessert. While reading a book, notice where your thoughts are.
“If we could say to ourselves, with sincerity, ‘The passing moment is as good as any I shall ever know,’ we could die upon the instant and be united with God.” (William Butler Yeats).
In Life’s lessons 101: the ABC”s of Faith: Value Truth, Walk Humbly and Strive to EXcel are your teachers. Pay attention! Take notes. The test is sure to come.
Friends, enjoy your Thanksgiving meal and holiday. Stay in the present with your family and friends. Thank them for breaking bread with you and say a prayer of remembrance for those who cannot be with you now.
A prayer that I learned as an eight-year-old little girl from my dearest Mrs. Julia Hammond goes like this:
“We thank thee for this food dear God as thou is kind to give-
Help us show our thanks to thee,
by how we talk and how we live.”
We miss you every day, Dot Sanchas!
Until then, smile and thankfully live in the present.