Happy Thanksgiving

    Living in the WorldThe hardest thing in this world is to live in it.

    Let’s be honest, you have had to reach a point at least once in your life (if not more), when the call of ENOUGH! rang loud, long and strong. When the idea of a long (permanent) nap seemed the perfect and logical solution. Where the idea of finally feeling no more pain, doubt, regrets, or what-ifs was truly heaven. When you longed for the peace and security of the final curtain. That for better or worse, it would finally be over. You would be done. No more agonizing decisions to make. No more what-ifs or what-to-do’s to contemplate.

    The lure of reaching the point of no more pain, regret, sorrow, anguish, doubt, fear, or uncertainty can be intoxicating. The lure itself being a narcotic. Drawing you in. Calling to you. Yet the hardest thing in this world is to live in it.

    Ours is a world filled with great and minor imperfections, injustice, pain, regret, sorrow, missed chances, and missed opportunities.

    HopeDuring those dark periods it’s hard to admit the world also contains:
    *delight, and
    At times it seems finding a needle in a haystack would be easier than finding some of that goodness. It gets old being knocked down, batted around, hitting brick wall after brick wall. Makes sense the lure of finality can be strong, particularly when you’re not feeling your strongest. Even when it seems there is always more darkness and evil, the possibility of HOPE is stronger.

    Hope you can change.
    Hope you can make a difference.
    Hope things will improve.
    Hope the sun will shine again.
    Hope the good will prevail. (It does happen.)

    So while love is said to be the greatest, HOPE is its spark. Its accelerant . Its fuel.

    This Thanksgiving allow yourself and your guests a few moments to give thanks for the sparks of light, joy, happiness, and yes — hope — you and your guests have. Write them down. If you make copies of the list, you will have one more tool, one more bit of HOPE on your side for when the call of Enough seem overwhelming.

    The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Which you’re doing, since you’re reading this. Add that to your list.  Happy Thanksgiving.

    h.31w Happy Thanksgiving


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    catherine gacad - November 27, 2013 - 10:21 am

    such a beautiful post for thanksgiving.

    Tana Bevan - November 27, 2013 - 12:08 pm

    Thank you Catherine. Here’s wishing you a terrific, wonderful & marvelous Thanksgiving!

    Patti Hall - November 27, 2013 - 4:08 pm

    Holidays are tough. I love the hope in this post, but better than that, I love the honesty. Thank you.

    Tana Bevan - November 27, 2013 - 4:43 pm

    Thank you for appreciating the honesty Patti. Celebrations can be dicey when you’re in a rough/sad patch. Is it better to be around those celebrating in hopes their gaiety rubs off on your, or do you stay away so your “mood” doesn’t spill over to them? Whatever choice you, yours, or anyone else reading this comment makes, may you all have that which to be thankful for, and may it increase with time.

    IR - November 28, 2013 - 1:07 pm

    There is so much beauty in most vulnerable moments. Props to you for a) not running away from the intensity and b) being strong enough to share the beauty of hope with all those reading.

    Tana Bevan - November 28, 2013 - 10:04 pm

    You are one of the wisest women I know. Thank you for your kind words and amazing insight. Hope truly is a thing of beauty. nvh!

    Liane Carter - November 29, 2013 - 12:23 am

    What a lovely post. Thank you. x

    Tana Bevan - November 29, 2013 - 10:00 am

    You’re welcome. *smiles*

    Star Hunter - November 29, 2013 - 10:52 am

    I HOPE your Thanksgiving was full of love and light. This season is truly one of choice ~ going crazy with self-imposed “musts” or finding serenity and joy. I wish you the latter.

    Your post made me pause and think about all I am thankful for … including wonderful, insightful friends like you. Thank you.

    Tana Bevan - November 29, 2013 - 8:17 pm

    I understand why many recommend pausing to think about what one has to be thankful for. Regardless of the name you give it, giving thanks, being grateful, or counting your blessings, it is definitely a habit well worth cultivating! Always good to hear from you Star. May “The Season” be filled with serenity and joy for you and yours!

    Sheila Bergquist - December 4, 2013 - 10:14 pm

    Tana, this post hit me at just the right time. I have been battling terrible anxiety/panic problems for months (since my brother died…the last of my family) and I have felt the allure of finding everlasting peace. Thank God we all seem to cling to some kind of hope and you’re right…that’s the spark. Just reading this makes me realize I’m not alone feeling so helpless and overwhelmed and that makes me feel better. Thanks for a great post!

    Tana Bevan - December 5, 2013 - 9:05 pm

    My condolences on the loss of your brother. I am humbled the post gave you a feeling of not-aloneness at a time when you were feeling helpless and overwhelmed. The rocky patches are never fun to go through, but somehow, when you make it to the other side there’s a sense of accomplishment and peace that comes with it. Here’s wishing that sense of peace comes to you sooner than later.

    Sheila Bergquist - December 8, 2013 - 9:18 pm

    Thank you so much, Tana.