Giving Thanks

Norman large cat painting by Kathy Crabbe

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My good friend Tangerine just posted this on Facebook because today is Thanksgiving and it bears repeating:

I know the madness of millennia, the ways we human beings repeat our patterns ad nauseum - seemingly hellbent on our own, and on this planet's destruction. I know the origins of this day, and how people and cultures everywhere, throughout history, have eradicated entire groups in their blind greed, or in the name of "progress".

And knowing this, fully understanding the darkness that flows through the veins of the human race, and our deep fallibility and seeming inability to truly overcome it, I still choose to hone in on the beauty and grace and profound love we are also able to fund. I choose to focus on what is hopeful about us, no matter what we've done. And that is because I believe in us, I believe in our ability to overcome - even ourselves.

I am thankful for all of you, for the life I have been given, no matter its trials, and for the chance to touch you, to be touched by you, and to face a future we all know asks us to have great courage, great vision, great heart.

And I am thankful for just that, the courage that runs through my veins, the vision that pulses and grows as it alights upon yours, and for a heart both broken and full, one deeply humbled, one threaded through with the greatest, and most unbounded sort of love.

Tangerine Bolen

Thank you to all my friends and family for all your continued support and love - you mean the world to me.