Treasure and Thankfulness

I bent down and gathered.  I gleaned from the edges, I took from the spaces that were in between here and there.  I found treasure.

Crowns, Cari-Jane Hakes, November 2011
I heard this story once.  It has stayed with me.  I remember it often.  Today seems like the right time to offer it up.  A story that reflects the theme of the season.

Crown, Cari-Jane Hakes, November 2011

Imagine you woke up one morning to find that everything was gone. That you had lost everything.  All your belongings, your things and all those that were close and dear to you were gone.  Imagine how you would feel.  There are in fact no words to describe the depth of such a loss.


Crown, Cari-Jane Hakes, November 2011

And then imagine that you were given everything back!  And imagine then how you would feel.  

I am only too aware that the first part of the story does becomes a reality for some people on a daily basis.  For the majority of us though, we have everything.  It is all close at hand, sitting around our table and held tight in our arms.

Crowns and other treasure, Cari-Jane Hakes, November 2011
The tradition of Thanksgiving is not one that my culture celebrates.  That said, the attitude of thankfulness is one that I need and try to weave into my everyday actions.  I remember that story often and when I do I'm always thankful.