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    I give thanks for my personal family.  My personal family, like ALL African-American families, is composed of every skin color and of several of the religions found on Earth.  Yet, there is something in those different looking people, who have different beliefs, which binds all of us into a family which coalesces in times of trouble and which celebrates in times of joy.
     I give thanks for the human family at large.  Although the human wars are a blight on the history of the world, it is the peaceful times which demonstrate how creative and unique are these beings called humans.  In the absence of wars, the people build and devise inventions which contribute to the upward mobility of all humans and which augers well for a future based, not on war, but on justice and fairness.
     I give thanks for the Kossacks.  I have only been on this site for a short time, but my respect for the reasoned discourse of the Kossacks only grows with each passing day.  The Kossacks are passionate and imbued with those characteristics of zealotry which sometimes results in raucous language.  But spirited exchanges are the very essence of a democracy, and it is that love for democracy which forms the basis for the existence of the Kossacks.
     Therefore, on this, the 22nd day of November, 2012, I give thanks for all of the above, and lest I forget, I give thanks to God for my life and for the lives of all others.  Although we often appear insignificant in our individual quests, I am persuaded that each life makes a monumental contribution to the pathway which leads to the ultimate success of human beings.  As Faulkner wrote, man will not only endure, he will prevail.  And Dr. King stated that the arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.    

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  •  Thank you for this: (1+ / 0-)
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    Joy of Fishes

    I hope we will forever continue to live up to your idea of us.

    But spirited exchanges are the very essence of a democracy, and it is that love for democracy which forms the basis for the existence of the Kossacks.

    I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

    by CherryTheTart on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 06:08:35 AM PST

  •  Let me expand upon the human family... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...and make it the mammalian family for which I'm thankful, too - especially my pals from the canines, my Labrador confection, sweet Maybelline; and my effervescent wee bastard, Maxwell!

    I'm the plowman in the valley - with my face full of mud

    by labradog on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 06:27:26 AM PST

  •  Back in the 70s…………… (1+ / 0-)
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    I was trying to kick my three pack a day cigarette habit.  There weren’t as many alternatives and support groups for such an endeavor as there are now.

    By the grace of God I ended up making an appointment with a psychologist who specialized in teaching self-hypnosis to quit smoking.  He was like no one I had ever met before. He was a big, burley African American guy who had served prison time for murder. He started his studies in prison and went on to become a licensed psychologist after his parole.

    In the course of his teaching he gave me a “mantra,” if you will, to repeat to put myself into a hypnotic state.  It was, “I love almighty God, I love my family and the family of man. I am succeeding.”

    I never had a cigarette after my first session with him and I credit that gentle, soft-spoken, caring fellow with adding years to my life. I literally would not be writing this now if I hadn’t quit smoking when, with his and God’s help, I did.

    You diary reminded me of my mantra, which I still use for relaxation and semi-meditation, and one very special member of the human family who literally saved my life.

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

    by cazcee on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 07:04:26 AM PST

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