It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Chapter 11, Page 15, Book 12
Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
Jean Baptiste Massieu
# 15 of 30 things I'm thankful for in November
I am thankful for thoughts of the past that fill my heart with joy. I always like to think that we keep those we love close to our hearts and when they are no longer with us, we need to remember that. They are just as close to us as our heart is.
November can be a bleak and lonely month. There are few hiding places only to face the reality that we do miss our loved ones in lots of different ways. In remembering all those who have died we acknowledge their influence in our own lives. These people were special and important to us. In remembering them during this month, it is our way of saying they are still special and important to us and always will be. May they rest in peace.
In our American culture, it seems to be a taboo to talk about death. I have had to deal with death, and I have learned that death often is a gift. For some, death is a relief from a hard life. For others, death is freedom from physical pain. And for still others, death is a rebirth into a new life that is eternal.
All of us are shaped today by all that has happened in the past. We need to realize that the life, culture and experience of those gone before us still have an influence in our lives.
I've learned . . . . to gather all the crumbs thrown my way. They soon form a lovely, thick slice of life and memories.
Thanksgiving is possible only for those who take time to remember;