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Five Days of Thankfulness

A little over a year ago, I was challenged by Erika Lance to do Five Days of Thankfulness: once a day, for five days, I had to post three things for which I was thankful. I think this is the perfect time of year to revisit those days.

So, here goes!

I’ve been challenged by Erika to daily delineate three things I am thankful for over the next five days, and as that doesn’t involve dumping a bucket of ice-water over my head, I think I’ll go ahead and accept.
Day 1:
As I’m a day late, I’ll start with:
1) TOMORROWS. And not wholly because I tend to procrastinate. While I don’t think one should use tomorrow as an excuse to waste today, the inevitable progression of time is rather reassuring. The future will always be there to catch you no matter what today sprung on you and take you to a new land where magical, fantastic things can happen.
2) FAMILY. In their own special way (some more special than others), each person I share blood and ancestry with is pretty awesome. Which tends to make me awesome by extension, and that is something to be thankful for.
3) FRIENDS. Those warm, fuzzy, lovable, huggable bundles of support, adventure and a touch of crazy. Although I will admit I occasionally get an itch to find a tiny cabin in a secluded mountain range somewhere with no wifi, and live out the rest of my days as a coffee-drinking, chocolate-eating hermit-writer, I would miss you guys too much. Particularly ISG. I’d really miss you guys ❤

Three things for which I am thankful, Day 2:
1) FOOD. All kinds of food. Cheese. Fresh baked bread. Lasagne with handmade pasta. Yellow cake with strawberries and cream cheese icing (thank you Tesia). Brownies. Good old Cajun boudin and jambalaya. Steak. Biscotti…and on and on. If I didn’t have food, life would suck a little bit.
2) CHOCOLATE. The first recorded evidence of chocolate as a food product goes back to Pre-Columbian Mexico. The Mayans and Aztecs were known to make a drink called “Xocoatll” from the beans of the cocoa tree. In 1528, the conquering Spaniards returned to Spain with chocolate still consumed as a beverage. A similar chocolate drink was brought to a royal wedding in France in 1615, and England welcomed chocolate in 1662.
In 1847, Fry & Sons in England introduced the first “eating chocolate,” but didn’t attract much attention due to its bitter taste. In 1874, Daniel Peter, a famed Swiss chocolateer, experimented with various mixtures in an effort to balance chocolate’s rough flavor, and eventually stumbled upon that abundant product — milk. This changed everything and chocolate’s acceptance after that was quick and enthusiastic. And I’m thankful for that.
3) COFFEE. I don’t think I need to explain this one. It is Liquid Fortification. Ambrosia of the Mortals. Heaven in a cup. The End.

Three things for which I am thankful, Day 3:
1) BOOKS. Portals to other worlds designed by inspiration and characters and plot twists, given substance with words and held together with paper and ink and binding; tickets for a train crowded with all sorts of crazy and interesting people, headed to new and fantastic dimensions and adventures beyond imagination. A life without books would be flatter, shallower, duller, drabber and blander.
2) MAGIC. It makes wizards powerful people and evil Mages terrifying. It exists in all of us to some degree or another, and is found in the strangest places, yet only by people who put it there in the first place. It’s actually what *really* makes the world go round. Gravity is just a government cover-up conspiracy.
3) TOILETS. They’re very convenient. Actually, make that all indoor plumbing. I love hot showers and water available at the twist of a tap to cook and clean with. And reverse osmosis filters, to take the clean water and remove all the crap and chemicals that are put in there, supposedly for our benefit.

The Saga continues…three things I am thankful for, Day 4:
1) SMART PEOPLE. People who use their minds to change and shape the world. People who see solutions, not problems. People who know that “It’s impossible,” is opinion, not fact. People who see that things can be better or more efficient and plan, scheme and dream up ways to make it so.
2) GOOD PEOPLE. Those of goodwill. Who keep the world going with their kind acts, their compassionate words and strong hearts. The people who try to find some way to make the world better each day. And those that keep the world a good place despite all invitation to do otherwise.
3) BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE. People who are beautiful on the inside and people who are beautiful on the outside. And people who possess both of the aforementioned beauties. People who are beautiful in all ways, shapes and sizes, for all reasons. They make the whole world more beautiful simply by being.

Day 5 and my last triumvirate of thankfulness:
1) MUSIC. Songs can be a muse, a comfort or an infusion of verve and vigor. They carry you away on wings of sonic awesomeness, take you out of the mundane to the sublime and give you tingles.
2) DRAGONS. Just because.
3) SMILES. The big, bright, happy, fun, slightly mischievous ones. In a flash they brighten the world up to luminous magnificence or magnificent luminescence. Especially Tom Hiddleston’s 😉

 

I hope everyone has a very happy holiday, with many, many things to be thankful for, both great and small 🙂

❤ DragonBeck

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Okay, this is going to be a little corny and sentimental, but a little corn never hurt anyone (as long as it’s not GMO).

So here goes: in accordance with the holiday, I am going to take this opportunity to share the things that I am thankful for, those things being:

the big, floating, spinning ball of rock that I find myself on at this moment in time. It’s a pretty incredible place to live if you think about it – terrible sometimes, but beautiful and nurturing for the most part. Our lovely blue-green marble with its breathable air and drinkable water and farmable land is a gift which is taken for granted much of the time, but would make life unbearable if all of it suddenly disappeared. Thank you to whomever put it here in the first place and those that take care of it and work to keep it the way it was meant to be – green and clean

the United States of America. I know things are in a pretty sorry condition and rapidly deteriorating, but we have at least a concept and history of liberty, which many places don’t have. We have a foundation, albeit an eroding foundation, but a foundation nonetheless of freedom and opportunity. We can still mention things like “Ron Paul” “Constitution” “Freedom of speech” and “The right to keep and bear arms”. We still have the right to association and to assembly, to form our own groups for our own purposes; the freedom of religion and the right to practice whichever faith we choose. And many others. In remembrance of our Founding Fathers who created this great country two hundred plus years ago and the people in the present who continue to make this a truly great country, thank you.

the British with their policemen, the Germans with their mechanical skill, the French and their impressive culinary skills, the Swiss and their management sensibilities, the Italians and their passion and all other nationalities, races and cultures with all their numerous traditions, skills and contributions in making this world a little less like hell and a little more like heaven. Thank you, danke, merci, grazie, xie xie, tak, arigato, kamsa hamnida, dziekuje, spasibo, multumesc, gracias, obrigada, go raibh maith agaibh, chokrane, faleminderit, toda, dankie, asante sana, enkosi, ngiyabonga

the good people who do good things, even when they don’t have to. The one who helps a stranger, who smiles just to brighten another’s day, who opens the door for another, the person who tutors the struggling child, the one who lends a hand or a shoulder or hug when it’s needed and not just when it’s asked for, who shares their umbrella or lets someone pass in front or go ahead of them, who treat others as they would like to be treated and don’t do to others the things they would not like to have happen to them. The world would be a far worse place if not for all of you, so thank you.

the people who maintain the infrastructure, the roads, the bridges, the sewers, the libraries, and the parks, the people who deliver the post and take away our trash, the people who work to provide water and electricity, the people who fix the broken things, grow the food, who fly the planes and drive the buses and trains that get everyone where they need to go – in short, all the people who keep this world running with their time, effort and diligence, who are not often thought about unless they are NOT there – thank you.

the people who create the future: the leaders, the teachers, the artists, painters, musicians, sculptures, writers, actors, photographers, the dreamers, the DOERS, and lessons they impart, the amazing songs they play, the works of art that brighten the whole world, the inspiring photographs they take, the awesome movies they make, the books and stories and other worlds they create and transport us to. They deserve a huge “Thank you!” for if not for them where on earth would we be going?

and last but hardly least, to every one of my friends and family who make my life so much more interesting, chaotic, amazing and fulfilling than I could ever manage to do on my own. At times I believe I may have hinted at how wonderful you all are, but I really want to make the point here and now. You really are wonderful. All your quirks, habits, personalities, quips, jokes, advice, praise, admiration, help, smiles, support, joys, successes, dreams, goals, ideas, everything, are truly appreciated and absolutely invaluable. I am a big fan of words, but sometimes even words seem too paltry to accurately communicate the concept and emotion of how much I love you. I am thankful you are here and thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for being here

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Peace and love,

❤ DragonBeck