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Question of the Week: 15 - 11/13/2000

What are YOU Thankful For?

As we get together with family and friends at this time of the year (and at every time of the year), which people do you want to thank for making a meaningful difference in your life? (Why not surprise someone and thank him/her/them publicly right now and right here?) What lessons that came your way turned out to be blessings in disguise? How do you demonstrate your gratitude to the Earth and/or to your Gods/Ancestors for their continuing guidance and blessings?

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I Am Thankful For My Family. I Married Into A Well Adjusted... Nov 21st. at 9:44:57 am EST

Erica (Layton, Utah US) Age: 21 - Email

I am thankful for my family. I married into a well adjusted american family. I am not saying they are perfect, but the are more perfect than my family. We are visiting them for Thanksgiving, which is hard for a military family. Being that this is the first time I have actually met them I felt obliged to go to church with my mother-in-law Sunday. The preacher was talking about thanksgiving and he gave the history of it that is not so true. I was being a good little pagan and trying to mix with the crowd and my husband decided to take it upon himself to tell some of his old friends that I a wiccan and that that has taught him a few things. I was just a little perturbed about it. I only tell people that need to know or who ask about it. But I am thankful that my family doesn't hold it against me. They haven't said anything to me the whole time we've been here. Except to tell my husband that church isn't the appropriate place for that kind of discussion. I think the way people hype up the pilgrim side of the original Thanksgiving is so horrible. One of the reasons why I don't want to send my children to public schools. I am thankful for everything that has been given to me in the past and count them as blessings. I count my family as a blessing because they are just so cool about some things.

I'm Thankful For My Dear Love, Christopher. Every Day He Reminds Me... Nov 21st. at 9:48:49 am EST

Bethy (Staten Island, New York US) Age: 33

I'm thankful for my dear love, Christopher. Every day he reminds me in little ways how much our love grows every day, and how special I am to him, and he is to me. Sappy, I know, but true.

I'm also very thankful for my family, friends, wonderful evil kitty, my job, and my health. So often my prayers to the Goddess and God are simple "Thank you for all I have." Sometimes I'm afraid that I ask them for help and guidance to much, so I always try to say thank you, even if it's for a windful of leaves and a clear view of the full moon.

The very hard lesson of the breakup of my previous marriage turned into a very great blessing, mostly because in that previous relationship I was shutting off parts of myself in an effort to please him, and that just didn't work. It was very difficult to leap from that safe-but-unhappy relationship to the dangerous time of being alone and lonely and truly dependent on myself. It was a lesson that I needed to learn, and I'm glad that I did, but I'm also glad that it is over.

I thank the Goddess, God, and Ancestors in my head and heart whenever I think of it, especially when I'm walking outside. I also leave offerings after formal rituals. I would like to do more!

I Am Thankful For Tolerance In The Non-pagan Communities. Though At Times... Nov 21st. at 2:31:53 pm EST

Michelle (Grand Junction, Colorado US) Age: 31 - Email

I am thankful for tolerance in the Non-Pagan communities. Though at times it may seem very small it is there. I believe it is in part, because of this tolerance and acceptence that Pagans are thriving as they are. I am also overwhelmingly thankful to the Goddess for showing me the Wiccan path and to the God for His understanding.

I Am Grateful For The Beautiful Complex Universe. For The Intricate Web... Nov 21st. at 2:42:35 pm EST

Sylvan Fae (Murray, Utah US) Age: 23 - Email

I am grateful for the beautiful complex universe.

For the intricate web of life
For the potential of human evolution (physical/mental/emotional/spiritual/relational)
For community
For my growing independence
For my new path's gift of confidence
For my wonderful daughters, whom I hope will be a gift to the world
For my supportive and special husband
For my personality/fascinating life, which I wouldn't trade for anyone else's
For laughter and all joyful acts
For the Earth and all her wild places, especially the forests
For wisdom
For the forge of hardship which makes us strong
And for the freedom and prosperity to manifest our dreams

***and of course I'm endlessly thankful for the 'net (WitchVox, BeliefNet, ICQ, etc.)***

I Am Thankful Every Day, But At The Top Of My List... Nov 21st. at 3:26:12 pm EST

Tony (Tampa, Florida US) Age: 28 - Email

I am thankful every day, but at the top of my list this week:

I am thankful to the gods and goddesses who grant us life and learning.
I am thankful to my family and schools who gave me learning and wisdom.
I am thankful to my friends who help me along the paths.
I am thankful to the community and to Fall Into Rhythm, which helped me find that I have a place in the community.
I am thankful to the Witches' Voice, which gives our community a voice in the world around us.

This week as every week, let us all speak our thanks to those who matter to us.

This season as every season, let us reach a hand to help those whom the gods send our way.

May blessings be multiplied unto you again.

I'm Thankful For A Family Who Understands, Even If They Don't Like... Nov 21st. at 3:52:14 pm EST

Lisa (ChaosMoth) (Mountain View, California US) Age: 16 - Email

I'm thankful for a family who understands, even if they don't like to admit it. (My little brother was doing a school project just this morning, and one of the first thing he mentioned being thankful for was "nature." I had to smile. I'm thankful TO Nature.)

I'm thankful that there are a large number of people who do understand, and are not afraid to admit to the existence and value of other realities and states of mind, whether these are unveiled by drugs, or internal means, or ritual.

I'm thankful for the Internet in more ways than I can possibly speak of. It's literally saved my life once or twice, I'm sure -- simply because the communication allowed by that most unique means has been of great support and comfort to me in the worst of times. Times when I would have otherwise left home unprepared, or possibly become self-destructive -- though I can only speculate. I'm thankful for the Internet because I can discover very easily the one thing that often seems impossible to track down: people like me. A confirmation or a support for my beliefs, for my understanding of the world. A large number of people who demonstrate that not only am I not deluded in thinking myself an adult human being with value, but there are others 'undercover'.

I'm thankful for my boyfriend, who was one of those 'undercover' when I first met him. Though he lives on the other side of the country, we'll be together eventually. I'm thankful for his understanding and his listening, for his putting up with my quirks and difficulties.

I'm thankful for communication.

I'm thankful that I was born and raised in California, myself. Normality is optional.

I'm thankful for the beautiful little struggling independent bookstore where I work. It is the best first job I could possibly have: very Pagan-friendly, and weirdness is often /not/ optional. ;-) Those of you who are in the Bay Area, please buy your books at Printers Inc Mountain View!

I'm thankful for those spontaneous moments when a Divine Presence decides to reach out and touch me. I'm thankful for what I know in my heart, even if my intuitive side remains untrained and often uncooperative.

I'm thankful for my ex-boyfriend. He taught me things I needed to know about people, and things I needed to know about myself. I'm thankful for learning when to stop giving.

I'm thankful for roleplaying, and for all the people who roleplay with me. It's an exploration of life and story that my own life would be much poorer without, and a forum for sides of the self that can't otherwise be uncaged.

I'm thankful for my sanity.

I'm thankful that my mental health isn't perfect. If I were saner than I am, I wouldn't glimpse the opportunities and perspectives that I do; and if I were less stable, I couldn't help those crazier than myself to interpret and understand those windows.

I'm thankful for crossroads and boundaries. I'm thankful to Eris and Her chaotic influence. I'm thankful for words and their near-infinity of meanings. I'm thankful to Trickster.

I'm thankful to Witchvox, for provoking me to realize how thankful I am.

I'm Thankful For Gaia, Our Great Mother Earth Whom Is The Source... Nov 21st. at 4:18:48 pm EST

Eli (Fort Lauderdale, Florida US) Age: 18

I'm thankful for Gaia, our great mother earth whom is the source of all life on this world. I'm thankful for Llew, the great sun, impersonal father of earthly life, whom nourishes all children who seek the light of life and love, and whom sickens those that fear his living glory, the vampires and demons of this world. I'm thankful for the heavenly sister Luna, whom stabilizes Gaia's environment, regulates her menstruations (the tides), and is the bringer of light when Llew rests under the horizon for the night, and she is the giver of magick, for all psychic power comes from her, and when her influence on our world is strongest our magick is greatest, and any magickal event is all the more significant if it falls on the Esbat. I'm thankful for the sky decorations called stars, and for the mighty constellations whose power reaches across the void of the cosmos to influence our lives profoundly. I'm thankful for fire, the universal purifier, giver of warmth and the earthly embodiment of the substance of Llew, a gift for our survival. I'm thankful for water, the substance of life, the indespensable nourisher whom all life seeks as if unto a god, and I'm thankful for the air, invisible sustainer of living functions, without which we die immediately. I'm thankful for falling stars that bring their mighty magick to those who recover and posssess them, and to the other planets and their great spirits which are close to mankind despite the great gulf between worlds. I'm thankful for the whole universe, which in every way accomodates out existence and provides for us the tools to ever improve ourselves.

Warm Greetings, We Are Blessed To Be In Our Home For The... Nov 21st. at 9:19:12 pm EST

Lorna Tate (West Branch, Michigan US) Age: 35 - Email

Warm Greetings,

We are blessed to be in our home for the first year. Our plans to make our beautiful 20 acre sight into a haven for all spiritual paths have begun and we are so grateful. The medicine wheel - fire circle is now covered with 4" of snow which will be sweeped clean for a Thanksgiving fire where we will give thanks for all the blessings we have received this year. It will hold one more fire at Yule before sleeping under a blanket of snow 'till spring. This will be the first of many healing improvements we will make as our healing home grows. We give thanks to all who have helped to make this happen with special thanks to ArchAngel Micheal.

Blessings to all.

I Love Your Question! I Have Been Thinking About This Alot, And... Nov 21st. at 11:35:14 pm EST

Marion Ritchey (Moore, Oklahoma US) Age: 32 - Email

I love your question! I have been thinking about this alot, and there is much to be thankful for. I have a home, a family that is loved and is loving. I have a job, and medical coverage. I have enough money to start helping, instead of being the one that is helped. I am an active participant in my community. Truly difficult to think of which thing I am most grateful for!

Then it dawned on me... Just a few years ago, I was in therapy for severe childhood sexual and ritual abuse. I couldn't even leave the house to check the mail. It was a good day if I could make myself shower the body I hated; If I didn't scratch myself, or bang myself into something because of the emotions churning inside and out. I was in a river of chaotic pain.
So, this year, I am thankful that I am able to bathe. To love myself, to let the love of the Goddess fill me; To accept that the God really *does* love me.
I am thankful that I can sleep through the night, and wake up the next morning and get my children off to school. I am thankful that I can be happy, and able to take care of myself when I am not.

I am filled with a peace I hadn't had in a long time. It happened when I finally stopped making myself fit into the Christian ideaology, and just let myself worship the Divine as was comfortable for me. Every passing day that I am able to commune with my gods, and immerse myself in the positive, life-giving energy that is out there -- I am thankful.

I Am Thankful For My Family, Most Of All. My Husband, My... Nov 22nd. at 6:09:16 am EST

Candle Ogham (Sacile, Italy) Age: 22 - Email

I am thankful for my family, most of all. My husband, my girls, my parents, and the friends I have that are my extended family. I am thankful that we live in a brand new, beautiful base house. I am thankful that I had the oppertunity to live in this beautiful country and meet the warm, loving people who live here. I am thankful for all of the soul-searching I've done in the past year b/c it has changed my entire outlook on life. I am thankful for our money problems b/c it reminds me of what's really important. I am thankful for the Pagan community which has made 2000 truely, the Goddess' year! But the thing I am most thankful for is that Kwan Yin stayed with my little baby while she was in the hospital last year, as she was very sick. Blessed be to all of you, ((((hugs))))

I Am Grateful For My Husband Will, First And Foremost. I Am... Nov 22nd. at 10:18:46 am EST

Maura (Richmond, California US) Age: 24 - Email

I am grateful for my husband Will, first and foremost. I am thankful that I have been very poor and am thankful that I am poor no longer. Thank you, Lord and Lady for eyes and ears and fingers and feet! They work perfectly and not everyone has them and those of us who do take them for granted. Thank you for giving me the ability to raise my voice in beauty and love!

I Am Most Thankful For 2 Happy, Intelligent, Healthy Teenage Children Who... Nov 22nd. at 11:35:55 am EST

Arielle (Seattle, Washington US) Age: 42 - Email

I am most thankful for 2 happy, intelligent, healthy teenage children who, while not mainstream (is this a genetic or environmental factor?) are still not into drugs and drinking. I am thankful for living in a country where even if a religious bigot is elected president, the limiting effect of our governmental system will prevent him from having much effect on my life. I am thankful that my alcoholic sister, after being diagnosed with alcoholic hepatitis, had the strength to turn her life around and become herself again. And I am thankful for the freedom to have any personal beliefs I want to have, without anyone checking up on me. I hope in the future we can wear these beliefs on our sleeve without suffering prosecution. Blessed Be.

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