So here we are at Thanksgiving and I was thinking today what I was most Thankful for and the answer was immediate, the ability to praise God (Not preaching here, as I know everyone has their owns views and opinions), my family the fact my Momma and Daddy are still on this earth at 80 and 83 years old, my children all four of them skin and fur, and my health. Thanksgiving is a day to not only celebrate with food but also with thought to the great things that happen to us through the year. Yes, bad things happen as well but even those we should be thankful for because they teach us and help us learn and we should take that lesson away with us to teach to others so they don't suffer the same mistake and are therefore free to make their mistakes to teach for others to learn from and the cycle continues. Life is a cycle and will go around and if its a bad cycle the only person that can change the course of that cycle is us. Smile everyday whether you have a reason to or not and soon you will find that smile not so hard to come by and you'll be smiling just because, share your smile because you never know if the person your smiling at has lost their own smile, you may be saving a life that day. Love because it makes us compassionate and sometimes its our ability for compassion that separates us from the wild animals. Let your love for life shine through your eyes, and if you see someone in need of a hug well give them one if they need it. I use to work in the Tire Lube Express at Walmart ( yes I know, not a very glamorous job LOL but I loved it) I took the service orders so I was outside all day with the customers and you see all kinds of people come in but the one that stuck in my mind is this, I was working as usual it was a super busy day cars lined up and people still pulling in but I always took my time to get a feel for a customer so I could best help them and this man came in he was from Memphis he looked so down and while we were talking I kept getting this awful feeling from him like he had a burden and he needed to talk about it. He looked like he just needed a hug now mind you I didn't know this person from Adam but compassion made me ask him if he was ok. He proceeded to tell me his wife had been killed in a car wreck a month before a drunk driver hit her and you could tell the depth of his emotion went clear to his soul. I looked into that mans eyes and I knew what I had to do I reached up and I gave him a hug I told him I was so sorry for his loss he told me he was struggling to forgive the person that had hit her vehicle because he knew that was the only way. I told him I was proud to have been able to be the one to talk to him that day I told him I felt like he was doing a wonderful thing with forgiveness because hatred is like and infection of the soul it just gets worse and worse till it takes you over and that is all that is left.....hatred! We prayed together and he said he felt so much better that out of all the offers of condolences no one had offer to pray "with" him but for him. He smiled as he went in the store and I felt a lightness in my heart that just maybe I had made a difference in someone's life. I am so THANKFUL I found EBN on my journey with Sheldon because everyone here is wonderful and I consider each and everyone of you family. I love you!