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Weiland’s Words: Thanksgiving thoughts

November 24, 2011

Today as a nation we will be taking a moment to pause and say thank you for the many blessings that we enjoy. This is an important tradition that comes from the earliest days of our country when simply having a full stomach or enough food put away to last the winter was cause for thanks. Things have become more complex since that time, but the sentiment remains.

Each Wednesday morning we start our meeting with an invocation, and often the theme of that invocation is one of thanks. As a club, we have a theme of gratitude in our interactions and our approach to one another as we work together on our various community projects and activities. I think that it is Gratitude that helps to ground us in our work and our desire to help others.

When I look around our club I see people that are thankful for what they have and looking to share their good fortune with others. That sharing is in the form of the three Ts or in the simple form of kind word, a quick joke or even good thoughts passed along silently. The way that the club supports and nurtures each other is something I am thankful for.

I have had more than a couple of our members share with me the loss of their parents this fall. It is a sad event to lose a parent, but it is the natural way of the world. With the passing of Steve Jobs this year, we are reminded of his quote to not fear death because it is only through death that new life is given room and opportunity to renew the world. I have been impressed by our club members’ thankfulness for the time that they have been able to share with their parents. I think that it is common trait in our club to see the good in a sad event — to be thankful for the time spent rather than bitter for the loss. I thank our members that have shared their stories. It helps to ground me in my thoughts about my own parents and the time that I have with them.

Our club is dark this week to give us time to spend with our families and friends outside of Rotary. Thanksgiving is traditionally an opportunity to gather with people and break bread, to pause and linger over a meal, reveling in the community that we have. It can be family, old friends or even a new group that has formed simply for this meal. In any form, it is a gift that we both give and receive. As I have found in Rotary, it is impossible to be giving a gift and not be receiving something back in return. In fact, the more you give, the more you receive. For this I am truly thankful.

To all of our Sunrisers, I wish a Thanksgiving full of giving. Be that at a soup kitchen, your own kitchen or a kitchen of a new friend. I know that if we are all giving of ourselves we will be back next week with more than ever to give to our club, our community and our world.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Barely Abel permalink
    November 29, 2011 4:14 AM

    May you/we be forever GROUNDED…

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