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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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Brightest Blessings To All Who Read This. I Think About What I... Nov 22nd. at 10:52:34 pm EST

Kazul (Mohawk, New York US) Age: 28

Brightest Blessings to all who read this. I think about what I have to be thankful for every day, and light a candle every night and recite my blessings, giving thanks where it is deserved. I am thankful for a functioning body, even if it feels a bit rusty now and again at the joints. :-) I am thankful for the love I receive in so many ways from so many people who drift in and out of my life, and those who tend to stick around a bit longer. I am also thankful for the people who have been in my life who have shown me nothing but hatred and disgust. It reminds me that not everyone who enters my life should stay there. I am thankful for a warm house to live in, with food on the table and clothes on my back. I am thankful, also, for knowing what's it like to not have a house to live in, and no clothes and no food. It helps to remind me that others are aren't quite as lucky as I have been. I am thankful for knowing my family and my ancestry. It reminds me that there are those who are alone and those who do not know where their history. I am thankful for the love of the Gods and Goddesses, without whom I would be lost in this universe, blindly searching for the Light. And I am thankful to Wren and Fritz, and other like them, for their untiring dedication to our community. And to all of you who are reading this now, thanks to you too. :-) For everything you do to gather the Light, and for all of the untold acts of kindness you perform every day. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Blessed Be.

I Want To Give Thanks To The Little Girl I Discovered Deep... Nov 22nd. at 10:26:26 pm EST

Whisperwind (Tacoma, Washington US) Age: 33

I want to give thanks to the little girl I discovered deep inside of me. All these years I have ignored her, trying to play the grown up and making myself miserable in the process. But this little girl has patiently waited for me to listen to her and finally I am starting to come around. As I listen to her whispers I begin to understand why it is that I am afraid. I hope that by nuturing her and trusting in her we will form an alliance and I will begin to place trust in the people who are close to me. Thanks go out to Chris, Jess, Alex, Ben, Dan and Emily. I need you all.

I Am Thankful For So Much .... For My Wonderful Husband, Whose Importance... Nov 22nd. at 7:44:27 pm EST

ArtemisR (Rising Sun, Maryland US) Age: 28

I am thankful for so much ....

For my wonderful husband, whose importance in my life words cannot describe..
For my friends, who mean so much..
For my two furry surrogate children..
For my families..
For having come so far from a difficult childhood..
For learning lessons from those that have passed over and those that are still here..
That Mum is still here...
That I have a strong, healthy body (that still has opportunities for improvement)..
For my job, and its challenges, welcomed and unwelcomed..
For the learning I experience every day of my life..
That I am a pagan - that I finally have a word to describe that part of me..
For aging - sounds funny, but I really enjoy the growths and changes in my mind, body and spirit, and there are many who will never grow older in this life.

For joy!

I could go on and on, but those are the highlights. We are having a rough year and I remind myself regularly that as hard as it seems, we have so much more than most.

Blessed be!

I Am Thankful That The Goddess Picked Me Up By The Scruff... Nov 22nd. at 7:42:44 pm EST

Lady Enid Muse (Cleveland, Ohio US) Age: 42

I am thankful that the Goddess picked me up by the scruff of my neck, cradled me in her arms, and whispered "You are mine."

Thankfulness... Just As We Say "good Morning" To People As Rote, Are... Nov 22nd. at 7:04:28 pm EST

Lilith Isis (Belcamp, Maryland US) Age: 43 - Email


Just as we say "Good Morning" to people as rote, are we really ever aware of what, exactly, our thanks are being offered?

I have very recently given much thought to ALL the myriad of things in my life for which this individual should be and IS extremely thankful.

Without going into painful detail, I have a loving, supportive life partner---and her family, which is now MY family. Whoever said love is what truly makes a family must've known my partner's, because they took me in and never looked back.

And, as always, our 5 fuzzy babies (altho they are hardly babies anymore---but Moms will ever regard them as such, you know!

I am truly blessed at having come back to who I have been in discovering my Witch-ness(for want of a better term---and, besides---I LIKE THAT WORD :)!!!) Mother and Father and ArchAngel Gabrielle are all a part of me.

Of material accoutrements, I have much. And, I won't say false, I LIKE my possesions. But, in my 'old age', I am coming to know all the beauty, love and true blessings of 'possesions' one could never put a price on, nor estimate the value in worldly terms.

So, when I think on this time of thanksgiving, my mind and heart will turn to all the true riches of mine right here at hand (and, thank Mother and Father) and at our table.

I Am Most Thankful For Having Such Supportive Parents. There Are A... Nov 22nd. at 2:52:01 pm EST

Heather (Ludington, Michigan US) Age: 17 - Email

I am most thankful for having such supportive parents. There are a lot of adults who seen teens who really don't appreciate teens. I have the exact opposite opinion of my parents. They are always there to support me, through thick and thin and even when I make really bad mistakes. Also, my parents are also encouraging of my beliefs. When I decided to become a Pagan and explore all there is to know about it, they did not question me or criticize me because it is not the norm, but rather, they took a step back and let me grow into the person I want to be!

I Am Thankful For My Beautiful Daughter, My Gift Of The Goddess... Nov 22nd. at 12:55:05 pm EST

Kristin (Alexandria, Virginia US) Age: 28 - Email

I am thankful for my beautiful daughter, my gift of the Goddess. I am grateful for eyes that see, ears that hear, feet that carry me where I want to go, food on the table and a roof under which to sleep.
Blessed be~

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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