Thanksgiving

woman needlepoint illustration made by azita houshiarMy little needlepoint lady is dancing like a twirling dervish because her heart is filled with and made buoyant with deep thankfulness! And guess what? Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. A day centered around food, family and giving thanks.

Often, when I think about true gratitude — the buoyancy of feeling deeply and sincerely thankful — this poem of e.e.cummings, one of my favorite poets, pops into my head. It encapsulates in a simple and gorgeously earnest way the soaring transcendental nature of spirituality and conscious gratefulness. I can’t in good conscience pass up the opportunity to share it with you here:

i thank You God for most this amazing


i thank You God for most this amazing

day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

— e.e. cummings

Whether you are one of the millions celebrating this beautiful holiday today or if today is just a plain regular Thursday for you, may you have a most amazing greenly leaping illimitably life and love and great happening blue true dream of sky day!

Happy Thanksgiving!daffodile graphic icon illustrated digital illustration

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