I hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday and I hope it was spent among family and friends. My mother sent me an email a couple of weeks ago and shared with me a fun article she had read in the newspaper. It was a list of the Top Ten Thanksgiving Day songs compiled by the Daily Herald. You can access the article here.
That made me think about the songs I associate with the holiday or songs that make me feel more gratitude in my life. Below are 5 songs from my list.
- Sly & The Family Stone: Thank You
- Bill Withers: Lean On Me
- Louis Armstrong: What a Wonderful World
- American Authors: Best Day of My Life
- Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers: Accentuate the Positive
With so many changes happening in our world today; I find myself constantly reflecting on the things that remain constant in my life. While I am excited for my future, I also see how my past has shaped me and I am reminded that I have much to be grateful for. I have shared many places that I have been and places I would like to go but as I write this month’s traveling post I find myself sharing the one place that I always want to be . . . home.
My home has moved locations many times throughout my life. My home has been in rainy places, snowy places and sunny places. It has been by the beach, by the mountains and in the valley. It has been big and small, multi-storied and single, large yard and no yard, driveway and parking space. In all of those things I find no ultimate definition of my home because I believe your home is what you make of it.
My home will always have food on the table for anyone that passes by. There will always be pictures on the wall and good music to listen to. There will always be a place to rest your head but most importantly there will always be love when you walk through the door.
I am grateful I have been entrusted with so much and I hope every day of my life, I am able to give back; to pay it forward. See your life with a thankful heart and you too will see all the beauty and good that is in the world.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!
I actually write this post with a more somber heart. Lately, I have watched Oregon be hit with sad news. First, the small wreckage of one of my most favorite coastal towns: Manzanita. Second, the utter annihilation of a building on my most favorite street in Portland: 23rd Ave or Nob Hill. Third, the unresolved disappearance of a young hiker.
Through all of this I am reminded again of how precious life is and how each day our lives can dramatically change. So here are 5 things to do in preparation for the unexpected and some links for additional resources.
- Know what natural disasters are prevalent in your area. Listen to experts on how to best protect your assets from Mother Nature. But above all else; make sure you, those you love (including loved ones, friends and neighbors), and pets are out of harm’s way.
- Know how and where to shut off utilities in your home or place of business. Know the warning signs when something might feel off. Always follow procedure and/or policy and above all else make sure you and those around you are out of harm’s way.
- Know where important items are before an emergency, where to meet others and what to have on hand should the emergency disrupt normal life.
- Always tell others what your plans are should someone need to come searching for you. When traversing natural areas that might have more difficult or unsafe passages; always take along a friend. If one of you is hurt the other can find help.
- Above all else—NEVER let a day pass by where you don’t tell people you love them because today might be the last chance you get.
Please understand how much I love each of you as readers. I pray that everyone will continue to be safe and never in harm’s way.