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                                  SIMPLY APPRECIATING

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At this time of year, I find it a good practice to recall what I am truly thankful for.

My family, of course. My friends. All my blessings bestowed upon me.

Most importantly, I am thankful for the global travel I had undertaken with our children before they left home to begin lives of their own. Travel taught them how to discover life in a new way. They discovered the world through our family travel adventures. Our travels forever transformed us all. We now look at the world and its peoples differently, having become better people because of it.

We learned the secrets of the world. At a time when no one seems to be able to figure out the secrets, I see it as evident.

LOVE.      LOVE.      LOVE.

Where did all the love go? The humanity?

Where did appreciation of our differences go instead of what religion we follow?

It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.

I thank the Universe on this special day because I learned the world as Thomas Paine viewed it.

"The world is my country, all mankind is my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”

This is what I'm talking about: An unnamed man played John Lennon's 'Imagine' for a crowd outside the Bataclan concert hall in Paris - one of the locations of Friday's horrific attacks. He arrived on a bicycle and began playing. He took the crowd into a spiritual place, honoring humanity at Paris' 9/11.

Maybe we too can become more humane for those who have no homes, live in tents, are tired, poor, and disenfranchised. If we reach out to them instead of turning our backs, we win the war against everything, even daesh.


© Tina Carlson-Dreffin 2015-2017