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A creative blog by Lisa Schultz on The Whole 9

Lisa Schultz has spent a lifetime observing the human parade. Now at the helm of The Whole 9 and The Peace Project, she reports in on her findings and asks that you join in.

Giving Thanks

This morning, my daughter Willow woke up smiling and said “Happy Thanksgiving, Mommy.” Even though the hour was early and I wasn’t yet ready to wake up, I couldn’t help but feel grateful to have a daughter who greets each day with a smile and the complete belief that it’s going to be another great day.

There is not a day that goes by that I don’t feel lucky for all that I have — for my beautiful daughter, Willow, and my son Tejan, who will be here very soon. Because I know, often with a heart filled with grief, how many others don’t greet the day knowing that they will have plenty to eat, drink, and will be able to move freely through their day.

I know as we celebrate a day of giving thanks today in the United States, that what we have comes at the heartbreaking expense of an entire nation of Native Americans — people I’ve dreamed of enough times to know that at one point I was part of this nation.

I know what I have — excellent health, healthy children, a beautiful home, a life filled with purpose, switches I can flip to turn on electricity and taps from which running water pours freely. I know. I know that I have freedoms many people in this world have never known and opportunities that most people dream of.

I am surrounded by friends that have lent incredible support to my vision as well as allies who, like myself, work every day to create a better world. I have family that I can call on, most especially my brother Craig and his wife Cynthia, if I am every in true need of a quick save.

I know this and today I give thanks for all of this unashamedly — for the abundance that has come into my life. But as fervently as I give thanks, I am also sending out a plea to the universe and to my fellow humans — I fervently hope that we all wake up and know this one thing:

Those of us with the most to give thanks for, also have the most to share. May we awaken to this reality, open our hearts and share our resources and gifts with others so that each day, those that have less, will have more.

In my lifetime, I hope that more parents around the world can wake on a morning of Thanksgiving and have their child say, with the faith of a child, “Happy Thanksgiving. It’s going to be a great day.”

Thanks to all that have graced my life.

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