I’ve always admired Abraham Lincoln and not only because we share the same birthday. He was a true statesman, an honest man and a man of conscience. When I learned that he was the first president to officially name the fourth Thursday in November as a day to give thanks and declare it a national holiday, my admiration increased. (Although, it wasn’t until 1941 that it was declared an annual national holiday.) The fact that he did this in the midst of a brutal war dividing the country impressed me even more. It’s easy to give thanks when all is going well, but to focus on our blessings when under attack—that’s real gratitude. So today I will try to give thanks for the things I find difficult and the things with which I struggle. In hindsight, it is always those things that make me grow.

About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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