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Kaoru
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0 posted 11-27-2003 08:25 AM       View Profile for Kaoru   Email Kaoru   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kaoru

So, it's Thanksgiving.

A holiday in which we stuff ourselves on turkey and green-bean casserole.

I have been awake for awhile now, and decided to eat something and watch CNN for the morning news. As I watch, I am reminded of the Jackson molestation case.. Which, to me, is insane and highly un-neccesary.

Second, I am confronted with something even more sickening.. On my television, I'm taken on a "journey" to Iraq, where I am witness to a lethargic troop member having his thanksgiving in the midst of 'war'. This man seemed less than happy, not angry, but sad and hopeless. He mentioned missing his family and friends, and how much he'd love to be back home; as well as how he came too late to get any pumpkin pie.

Then, we are told about and watch an interview given to a woman who had to return to Iraq on thanksgiving day. The interviewer asked her personal questions about her last words to her family before she left, and her family's last words to her. As she answered, I could almost see how hard she was fighting to keep from bursting in to tears...

How cruel the media can be; how disrespectful and heartless! They act disgruntled, and upset over our troops being in peril yet, in all reality, all they care about is having a good story to report. I knew for so long about how the media is, the psuedo-events..

But this was just a harsh reality that has destroyed thanksgiving..

As well it should..

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1 posted 11-27-2003 10:34 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Kaoru,

The "realities" of this world can be depressing. But we don't need to let them ruin our peace of mind or our holidays. We have a choice. We can dwell on the "bad" and be depressed or we can dwell on the "good" in our lives, count our blessings, and determine, as much as is in our ability, to be a blessing to those around us.

The "bad" stuff will always be with us, but so will the "good" stuff. What we determine to focus on will determine our mood in most instances.

And sometimes you just have to turn off the "news" and turn on some light-hearted comedy or movie or listen to some uplifting music.

My granddaughter, Nicole, gave us a gift, an arts and crafts wall hanging that says "In Everything Give Thanks" which is a verse from the Bible from the book of 1st Thessalonians, chapter 5 verse 18. I don't think it means "for" everything give thanks, but "IN" (through, or in the midst of everything, despite life's circumstances, etc.) everything give thanks.

To me the larger context around this verse is beautiful and encouraging as well and I'd like to take this opportunity to share some of it starting with verse 15:

See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

Rejoice evermore.

Pray without ceasing.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Here's another piece of Scripture that blesses me. It's from the book of Philippians, chapter 4 verse 8 - 9:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virture, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, Kaoru!

  
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Well Meg -- those are the kinds of things I would expect to see on CNN  -- which is why I watched Cartoon Network with my kids, and then turned on the parade!

Denise is right... accentuate the positive... there is plenty of it -- we can all be depressed tomorrow..... when we tip the scales!  

Happy Thanksgiving Meg and Denise!
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Happy Thanksgiving, Meg, Denise, and LR...
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Happy Thanksgiving, L.R., Nan and everyone else too!
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5 posted 11-28-2003 02:06 AM       View Profile for Kaoru   Email Kaoru   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kaoru

Well, it could've been much worse..

I could've watched the Fox News Network..



Thank you for the kind words, I'm appreciative.
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Noo not FOX!!!
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Kaoru, I can understand where you are coming from with this write. The news can be so depressing and exploitative. When it gets to be too much for this sensitive soul, I go on a news fast. I do not read a newspaper, magazine, or watch the news. I surround myself with things that make me happy and I charge my batteries up again. I do this for my emotional well-being, which in turn is good for my physical being ~ and good for everyone's peace of mind around me! lol

I love that song with the lyrics, "You've got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative". I heard those lyrics when I was a very little girl, and I have sung them periodically ever since! They are words that I try to live by!


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