Thanksgiving Day is a joyous day celebrated annually to give thanks for received blessings. Why not celebrate every day? We all have the ability to make every day purposeful and a day of thanksgiving.
The hay-field of red clover filled my senses and with thankfulness to experience the wonders of nature. A noonday sun highlighted the red flowers and intensified the sweet clover smell interspersed with the buzzing of bees busy with pollination. I noticed him. He was bigger, slower, never losing focus. With his yellow stripes and bulky body, he was fulfilling his purpose. The bumble bee didn’t know he was not able fly, so he did. And I didn’t hear him voice one complaint!
Gil was an energetic high school student. His love was leading his dance band while performing throughout the state at many current and reoccurring engagements. His senior year he began having some physical problems which were diagnosed as being the beginning of a progressive and fatal rare disease. Loading in and out of engagements became impossible for him so he turned to teaching young aspiring musicians and opened a music store. From a small rural area came an influx of budding musicians, far more than the whole state, claiming Gil as their inspiration, mentor and friend. They became professional musicians in many national bands, music directors and professors of music. To provide the needed income for himself and his parents Gil had opened the music store and when he had no mobility his elderly parents were his legs. His parents passed away and his health was rapidly declining. His only choice in sitting was to be placed in a leaning position in an easy chair with wheels giving him a sense of mobility. With hands so crippled he could no longer open the cash register and with customers having to make their own change, Gil developed a new purpose; that of being the information center for those looking for work and those needing workers. Every day the whistle sounding 12 o’clock noon in the little town was activated by Gil, the most positive and inspiring person I have ever known. Never did I hear him complain, but rather saying, “Tomorrow will be a good day.” He was thankful for being alive and able to contribute.
I’m thankful, one of my favorite films, Field of Dreams, was filmed and released. During the filming, the director, Phil Alden Robinson became distraught due to various problems they had encountered. There was a drought so they had to paint the grass green. He didn't feel like Kevin Costner was doing a good job. He felt the movie was not coming together and became depressed. He went out in the field alone, contemplated the outcome that suggested "it was over." One of the producers went out to the field to talk with Robinson. Robinson admitted his depression, but the producer assured Robinson that it was coming together so perfectly. The producer said, "You are shooting the script and it is working perfectly. Just keep shooting the script." Robinson followed that advice and the film was a huge hit, mainly by sticking to the script of being purposeful in inspiring millions.
Embrace challenges. They guide us in understanding that we all have choices and that life lived with purpose and contribution gives many reasons to be thankful.
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