I’m almost ashamed, but not really, to say that I’ve never been one to look forward to or even really like “Thanksgiving”. The whole idea of a single day of the year when we celebrate our thanks for what we have by gorging ourselves on more always seemed hypocritical.

I moved on a sailboat to embrace a simpler and uncomplicated lifestyle, discover truths, and to explore the world before it becomes completely homogenized, democratized, and capitalized. I have learned that I must know where I am headed without exactly knowing what the destination is. I suppose that is what steadfast faith is.

As I’ve separated myself from the noise of the modern world, I can listen. What I’ve found is that thankfulness is the path to peace. True thankfulness; the kind that permeates your soul and takes over.

I stumbled upon a quote the other day:

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.  — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Despite what one may feel about his politics, he got this right.  Gratitude and thankfulness are the foundation upon which a virtuous, calm, and tranquil life is built.

I’m thankful for thankfulness.

Published On: 2016 November 24

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