I don’t know if most Brits and Europeans or indeed the rest of the world really understand the US tradition that took place yesterday called Thanksgiving, and I am sure that I cannot really articulate it either. My first Thanksgiving in 1987 was my arrival there as an emigre for various reasons. Living there Thanksgiving became part of our family celebrations too and it was a privilege to share such times with other families and have people over to our home for a special time when thankfulness for family and friends, life and much more could be a joint celebration. Yesterday, being reentering life in the UK again, gave me time to reflect on all the people that made me thankful here and around the world. My work change from being a producing craftsman selling my work to live from has changed direction a little and I chose a path that others have since adopted to follow and even emulate. I write, film, photograph and make the things I feel offer good training. The results of 20 and more years training others is showing results I never thought possible. With so many of your messages coming in every day it has caused a conflict in time management but knowing lives are being changed by the work we do is more than gratifying. I want to thank all of you for your emails and letters over the Thanksgiving week and that now come in on a daily basis. In any given day the numbers keep climbing and I don’t want them to stop because of this because every one of your stories is different. Better health, a sense of wellbeing, a new lease of life, something to wake up for, ministering to others through hand work all increase the awareness I tried to transmit in the pre-internet days. Today it’s worked and working and will continue to work I am glad that I saw the path and chose to follow its narrow walk. The gates I passed through to get to here remind me that everyone reached in the remotest climes of the world are well worth it. India, you are worth it. China, Australia, Taiwan, Denmark, Russia you are worth it.
Thanksgiving and thankfulness may not always have the same cultural roots but it always begins with seeing that people celebrate all the more when they have a heart of thanksgiving. Thank you for all you have given to me to so enrich my life. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend wherever you are!