What Am I Thankful For?

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
Henry David Thoreau

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
Henry David Thoreau

There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.
Mark Twain

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
Mark Twain

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.
Albert Einstein

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Winston Churchill

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.
Winston Churchill

We go through this life with the strength of our convictions, a deep seeded wish to impart a lasting benefit to those we touch. We don’t always know the proper path to that end, we sometimes make tragic mistakes, but those that have the will to continue to try despite the odds or consequences will find the true value of their efforts. The happiness in the eyes of those we helped, the tears of joy we shed upon the beauty of changes we have made, these are the moments in our lives that hold the greatest meaning.

No possessions or self serving choices will carry the same benefit to our soul. No amount of money or status will give you the wealth or depth of spirit that a simple act of kindness can bring. I have determined that the remainder of my life should be in the pursuit of the most simple things a man can achieve. Kindness, consideration for others and the lasting peace from within that comes from a simple life that is founded on the philosophy of an existence bounded only by the depth of ones imagination.

Ones willingness to step beyond the boundaries of the modern idea of giving, foregoing the useless acts of charity many feel release them from their feelings of guilt but accomplish nothing, that is the true mark left behind for all to see. To personally give, to feel the warmth of someones love for what you have done, that is something you cannot put a price on. I will go to my grave knowing I did the best I could, little as it may have been, for those I care for most.

My future will be filled with the simplest way of living, only the necessities needed to sustain a life in pursuit of the free and countless blessings that surround us. Living on my sailboat with nothing but the sun and the sea, the love of my trusty furry companion, I will do my best to bring forth the truth of what a life in harmony with ones surroundings should be. I hope you will stay with me as I can think of nothing more satisfying than trying to impress my feelings to others with words and pictures.

As we live this thanksgiving day we should realize it’s much more than just a holiday, it should be a day of reflection on ones worth in this world. You are not always remembered by the things you have accomplished in your life, but by the things you helped others achieve in theirs.

6 thoughts on “What Am I Thankful For?

  1. I echo every nuance of this. It should be sent to every school in the country and read out to the students, it should be sent to every workplace in the land and shared with every man and woman there and it should be the cornerstone of every table in the country as people sit down to their celebratory meal. Today, in France, I will raise my glass and give thanks that our paths have crossed. Real, deep thanks.

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  2. John, you and Osyth are two of the blessings I am thankful for 💛
    I’m thankful with a humble shelter, food, family, friends and my pup.. Having the ability to learn and practice sustainability and learn new skills from my land is a luxury.. When I can help others its a blessing I enjoy..
    Not needing to have the most marbles when I die, I’ll be grateful to keep the few rattling around in my head til I die..

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    1. That’s the idea of self sustainability! Once you have your space set up, and you start to fail physically, it should be somewhat easy to maintain. At least that’s what I hope!

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