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Wishing You All A Glorious Holiday Season! Have a Wonderful, Safe Thanksgiving!

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Other than celebrating with my family, some of my fondest memories are of celebrating Thanksgiving with my kindergarten classes. It was wonderful because we could incorporate so many subjects during this time. We did social studies, math, language arts, and the art of sharing within communities. I loved when we would write our ‘Why I Am Thankful’ books. The kids would be thankful for their families, home, food on the table, their pets, and one more pragmatic girl was thankful that her dad had gotten out of jail, which made sense. It was such an amazing, sweet time for the students when kindergarten was still a garden where they were free to grow without worrying about test scores. What they were grateful for were all the basic things that made them feel safe and loved and free to learn.

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When I think of those little ‘Thanksgiving’ books, it reminds me of the importance of maintaining my own attitude of gratitude; sometimes not always easy to remember. In almost every self-help book I’ve ever read, one of the suggestions seems to be to think of ten things to be grateful for every day of your life. I try and do that, but much like exercise, often I don’t follow through.

I believe it’s easy to be too grandiose in the things we’re grateful for, whereas, if we just stick to the basics like kindergarteners, it’s much easier to remember to say thank you every day.  Once, I remember being thankful that I hadn’t received another ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ book by Rick Warren  in the previous six months. http://www.amazon.com/Purpose-Driven-Life-What-Earth-ebook/dp/B008EGV4BQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416957273&sr=8-1&keywords=the+purpose+driven+life Seriously, I must have received six ‘Purpose Driven’ books in one year.  I was really beginning to take it quite personally! LOL! ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ is really a fantastic book that was on the bestsellers’ list for something like a gajillion years, but I began to feel that Rick Warren should send me a thank you card for keeping him on the list!

But giving it some serious thought, the things I’m most grateful for are the same as those little kindergarteners I used to teach. I guess it is true that everything we most needed to learn, we have learned it in kindergarten! ‘Everything I Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten’ by Robert Fulghum http://www.amazon.com/Really-Need-Know-Learned-Kindergarten-ebook/dp/B000FC1LRY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416956695&sr=8-1&keywords=everything+i+need+to+know+i+learned+in+kindergarten was another one of those fabulous books to read. But I did not receive six copies of that one–just the one!

I hope you all have a safe, happy Thanksgiving and that you have more blessings than you can count this year. Enjoy that turkey, and maybe we’ll all start that exercise program after the holidays. I think I’ll go reread ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ right now and finally discover why on earth I’m here! Thanks for stopping by. If you’d care to share, I’d love to hear what you’re most grateful for this Thanksgiving!

Bren

 

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