OCCUPY THANKSGIVING: Thinking Thankfully

This weekend was a challenge.

Between teaching classes for students who, I believe, had already started Thanksgiving break in their minds (despite the fact that they still have 2 1/2 days of school this week); avoiding the course about self-publishing which has me completely intimidated and realizing I have a lot of work left to do, even when it comes to format; listening to my daughter scream, cry, and whine for over an hour as she decided to spend most of yesterday (and part of Saturday) in one of her spoiled-brat stages of existence–rare but still painful; trying to plan a fun Thanksgiving for a very complicated family: and the fact that I allowed myself to be sucked into computer games as I avoided the chaos, I feel like a completely useless waste of space.

That’s not a good feeling.

But, no worries folks, this is not going to be a whining post or even a post asking for sympathy.

Instead I am going to listen to these words of wisdom from the fabulous and talented Christine in her guest post called “Something worth celebrating” over at The Idiot Speaketh (the complicated connections of this blogging world leads to many links)

” It probably comes pretty naturally to most of us to strive for excellence of some sort. But this pursuit of greatness shouldn’t prevent us from recognizing, and celebrating, those of us who are being the best we can be.
Many times we focus on what we lack in ability. I’d like to suggest we make the effort to keep our thoughts turned to what we can do.”

In other words, we should be thankful for and learn to appreciate what we already have, even as we strive to achieve our dreams and goals.

So, in honor of this wisdom and the fact that Thanksgiving is this week, I am determined to focus on the positive and think thankfully. Starting . . .  NOW!

A UNIVERSE OF THANKS

Sunshine reflecting sparkles on the wall
of a home filled with warmth, love and dreams.

Warm chai spiciness sits on my tongue
made by a partner, husband, friend,

Words waiting to be written or read
celebrating a lifetime of learning.

A family filled with laughter and fun
supporting each other in all ways.

Blogging buddies and lifetime friends
filling the gaps of loneliness.

Future adventures looming near
a journey to countries and people unknown.

Past adventures that I hold dear
filling my life with life.

I may not know who I am today
nor what I will become tomorrow
but the gifts of the journey along the way
mean a life filled with joy not sorrow.

Update: Tori’s comment below reminded me that she had written a wonderful thankfulness post the other day. So now I am adding the link to hers and will continue to add any posts that I feel will help us feel thankful:

Thankful Blogger Am Thankful by Tori Nelson

Inspiration: A Thanksgiving Memory

Update to the Update: In honor of this excellent idea to Occupy Thanksgiving by the always brilliant Jamie note the new title of this post

Thoughts on Earth Day, Kids Plays and other Craziness

 

Happy Earth Day (April 22)

Image by Images by John 'K' via Flickr

 

I’ve spent the past few weeks helping my daughter’s 1st grade class create an Earth Day play that they will perform today. I think they are doing a great job, if I do say so myself.  They wrote the play themselves, of course. So on stage this afternoon we have: star wars fighters (who trash the earth); Sleeping Beauty, Belle, a kitten, The Little Mermaid, the Nutcracker, Scooby Doo, a pirate, Bambi, Santa, Rudolph, a teacher, the Gingerbread Girl, and the Wizard of Oz. I think that is everyone. While they felt the need to create characters that already existed, during this process the kids imaginations soared. If I had a budget of thousands we would have had an actual spaceship that crashed, a full-fledged pirate ship (we do have a mini one), trash falling from the sky throughout, ocean on the floor, and actual light sabers. But, as it is, we have kids doing a really good job showing characters and telling an important story about taking care of the earth. Yes, they have to step forward to speak (it is the only way we can hear them) and some of them fidget on stage (the trash is irresistable) but overall they’ve learned so many things.  Every time I do something like this and see the wonderful things that can happen my passion for arts advocacy and my desire to keep drama in the schools grow.  It is a crazy job, but I love to do it.

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