Thursday, November 27, 2014

When you wish upon a star.......

When I was a little girl, I can remember standing with my grandma looking out her sliding glass doors. We had seen a flashing star and decided to make a wish. A few minutes later I asked my grandma what she wished for ( this was SO many years ago yet I still remember what she said). She wished for all her children to be healthy and happy in life. As a small child, I didn't understand why she didn't wish for something tangible ( like a million dollars). I don't remember what I wished for but I am sure it was something materialist like a doll or something.

As an adult, there are very few "tangible" things that I need or even want. Around the holidays it makes this all too apparent. People are always asking "What's on your wish list?"  It is definitely nice to have new things, but the real things in life that make you happy are things that money can't buy.  They are things like Wanting my dog to live forever, hoping a loved one is not ill, wishing that relationships would work out,  wishing friends and family lived a bit closer. And sometimes it's wishing I could get a good night's sleep without listening to a barking dog.  ( Actually, I think money could buy this wish. I live across from a hotel. I could buy a good night's sleep there I suppose...lol).

In any case, I thought today would be a good day to share this story.  Take a moment ( or two) and be thankful for the people in your life and forget about the "things".   I know quite a few people have taken the pledge to not shop today ( on Thanksgiving), because that is not what this holiday was intended for.  This certainly was not a challenge for me because I don't like to shop anyway!

Happy Thanksgiving Folks.  We are Thankful that you take the time to read what we write!

What are you thankful for?  What is it that you wish for?

12 comments:

  1. I won't be shopping today either. There will be plenty of time to get that done over the next few weeks:) Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. I agree, the things we want as adult, typically have nothing to do with material things and are more intangible. A few years back while our younger children where in high school we announced that we where no longer going to gift them items at Christmas, instead we would make memories. We would give them a token item, like an ornament, or a nostalgic gift, one child LOVED cheese balls so we got him a giant 3 gallon container of cheese balls, he loved it! We get together instead, play games,have a giant meal, watch Christmas movies, relive past vacation, holidays etc and no one is invited but them, now that they are older they can if they wish invite their significant other. It has made for a stress free enjoyable holiday and now when we do gift them items they truly appreciate those gifts, and each year we continue to make more memories. I have even caught them talking to friends or their significant others and making statements like "It's not about the gifts, it's about making memories, that is what is important." I guess we did good. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Yes, you must have done something right with your kids! That's great that they realize that and are passing that on to others. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you have a great day :)

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  4. That's a great story, thanks for sharing! I don't like shopping in general but definitely not this week with the crowds and when I'd rather be spending time with family. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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    1. I agree. I especially hate shopping when there are crowds!

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  5. You are absolutely right. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday bc it is not about presents or religion just about family and appreciating what you have. Have a wonderful day!

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  6. I am noticing that more and more. This past year for my birthday, I asked my parents for donations for my "cat fund." I was saving up for the adoption fee and pet deposit and fee. I got Allie the day after my birthday, and I love her so much. I didn't really need anything for my birthday, I wasn't coming up with any ideas, and providing Allie with a forever home is everything to her.

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  7. I am thankful for friends and family and hope one day I have a family of my own.

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