Greetings To All:
Today we are gathering with Families, Friends and Strangers to give thanks as we enjoy the delicious meals prepared with love and laughter or custom designed by our favorite gourmet delivery service :)
, but as we share stories and reflect on Family behaviors of Thanksgivings past let us understand more about this day. Not just from its historical premise, which is extremely important to know but also in light of current events: Standing Rock, Black Lives Lost and the collateral damage of an emotionally violent and disruptive election.
I, personally, have chosen to fast today. I shall pray, do good deeds and hope for more opportunities to be a Warrior Healer Builder. My Family while supporting me and keeping in mind all they understand of this day, will move about conscious of the work that awaits them. I give thanks for such offspring, their Father, my Grand Designs, my beautiful friends, my Faith and Good Life. I also give thanks for the trials and tribulations for they, too, have given me courage and the ability to see a little clearer, love a little deeper and believe in something greater than myself.
I am also going to re-read a brief but well stated history of what actually occurred on this resultant day we call Thanksgiving. It is a history written as part of a curriculum developed by scholars from the Indigenous people who originally occupied the land we call America. It is not an easy read, but a necessary one if we are to be true to ourselves and take a just but compassionate stand against oppression regardless of the geography or the perpetrators. https://www.manataka.org/page269.html The hope is we can take this historically accurate knowledge and provide inspiration for a more livable and harmonious world. Remember Standing Rock in your prayers and the Black and Brown Lives Lost. Know that you are loved, have the power to do great things and don't forget to Dance. <3
image: april wilson harris