Thursday, November 27, 2008

Nice Notice - 11/27/08

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.

Nietzsche
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It's Thanksgiving day
In the USA.
The wood is stacked,
The livestock shacked,
The harvest stored
Thank the Lord.
The family is here,
A time for cheer.
Tra la la.

To spend a holiday alone, particularly on a cold gray day, can be a slightly scary thing. But it does give me a chance to quietly think about the things I am grateful for.

As I slowly approach my 70th birthday I am thankful that I am still alive.

I'm thankful for having had the opportunity to spend my life in the arts, which has given me a constantly changing perspective on the scenery of life.

I am thankful for the great composers, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner and others who have given me the unending blessing of their music.

I am thankful for the great writers, Shakespeare, Milton, Dostoyevsky, Sandburg and others who have given me such great literature to accompany me on my journey.

I am thankful for the great artists, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso and others who have inspired me with their paintings over the years.

I am thankful for the great philosophers, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Nietzsche and others who have challenged my thinking and kept me alert.

I am thankful for my few but fascinating friends around the country who are people to remember and think about every day.

I am thankful for my great, interesting, loving journal buddies in Google Land. none of whom I have ever met.

May you all have a rich, blessed and happy day.

DB - Vagabond

5 comments:

Big Mark 243 said...

Back at you actor guy!!

Ben said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you also, DB. We could all appreciate better the things you mentioned.

Ben
http://ben-better_left_unsaid.blogspot.com/

a corgi said...

Happy Thanksgiving DB! I'm thankful you journal; I'm thankful Linda introduced me to your journal; and I'm thankful of the wise, insightful entries you write

betty

Joyce said...

I'd like to echo what Betty said. I am so thankful that you write you wonderfully interesting entries for all of us to enjoy.
Hugs, Joyce

Dannelle said...

Wish you could have been with us- I am thankful for your wonderful friendship- Dannelle