Jonathon's Closet

Monday, November 19, 2007

Thoughts on Gratitude

One of the sweetest feelings we experience is that of gratitude. Offering thanks is as natural to us as breathing; it is one of the most universal and one of the loveliest of human emotions. The human heart needs to give thanks, just as the human mind wants to understand. Expressing gratitude is remembrance of our dependence on others, a confession of our humanity, and a way of recognizing that we do not walk alone.

Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to fulfill this great longing; the heartfelt need to express appreciation for what we've been given. Maybe that's why people love this holiday so much - there's something so vital, so necessary about it. To imagine a holiday season without Thanksgiving would be like attending a church service without saying a prayer.

Imagine a taste of the day's big feast; a bustling kitchen smelling of roasted turkey, cinnamon-spied pumpkin pies, and other Thanksgiving treats. Hear the voices of loved ones chattering and the sounds of children playing. Indeed, it's a wonderful occasion!

Best of all, though, is Thanksgiving's sentiment - the heartfelt gratitude for all of our blessings. That, even more than the food, family, and friends, is what makes this day really special.

Wishing you a joyous Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Three Cheers for the official bear count!!!!!!!!!!!

Although bears are still trickling in, it is time to release our "offical bear count" for The Teddy Bear Project 2007...

(drum roll, please)


Yes, that's nineteen thousand two hundred and fifty five children that will be helped!

We may be slightly short of goal, but in today's economy, where so many families are struggling, this is a VICTORY!

HUGE THANKS to all who helped make this project a big success!

Monday, November 12, 2007

As Thanksgiving approaches, I must admit ...

... that there are indeed things I am NOT thankful for!

An example?

I was not thrilled with my son in that moment ...


you know what I'm talking about, the gasket I blow as I inform him that I WASN'T HAVING THANKSGIVING...

LOL! Guess I am NOW!

And I will be thankful for the opportunity to spend time with family.

Now I've just got to figure out how to fund this little get-together ...