Posted by: Viviana M. Rueda Image | November 26, 2008

Giving Thanks – On Thanksgiving or Any Day

This blog is dedicated to one of my favorite days of the year- Thanksgiving.  Yah, yah.  It’s a holiday where everyone is reminded to thank God, the Universe, the Roman Deities or whatever it is that you believe in for everything that you have.  Some people are cynical about it because you should be thankful every day.  And that’s true.  You should.  But we are human and we forget.  So thank you dear Plymouth settlers and gracious Wampanoag Indians for celebrating the autumn harvest and giving us (and Butterball) a day to reflect for all that we should be thankful for.  And maybe, just maybe, we’ll remember to be thankful every morning of our lives by squeezing the hand of a loved one; remembering that we have our health; scratching a beloved pet behind the ear; or saying “I appreciate you” to someone in our lives.

And for added inspiration, check out the top 10 2008 CNN Heroes.  I had the privilege of attending the taping of this show and call me a big weenie for crying (which to the distress of my fiancée, I did so throughout the show), but I am in AWE of these people.  They reminded me that EVERYONE can make a difference, no matter how rich, or how poor – No matter how privileged or underprivileged.

Witnessing the work that these people have dedicated themselves to makes me give thanks for the ones that I love.  It reminded me that despite the many challenges that we humans encounter all over the world, we are all loved, we are all one and even the smallest thing that you can do for another makes an impact.

If you’d like to watch this inspirational show and see what these humanitarians are doing for others, tune into CNN on Thanksgiving Night at 9 p.m. ET.

Wishing you a Thanksgiving of good food, great company and much gratitude,
Viviana M. Rueda

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