Thanksgiving Reflection 2018

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11

That is a verse I memorized as a child. The years added to my life have added a bit more understanding to this statement in Paul’s letter to the Philippians. One thing I know for sure is not to get too comfortable or content with any situation, for it is sure to change in some way. Granted, not all changes are bad.

“Change is the only constant in life,” said Heraclitus of Ephesus, a Greek philosopher who lived 535 BC to 475 BC. My impression of his lifestyle way back then is that it was one lived in extreme slow motion compared to the lives we lead today. Maybe experiencing life at a slower pace is a pre-requisite for becoming a philosopher. These days we study philosophy, but I don’t know many who consider ‘philosopher’ as a career objective. Not too many job openings to fill.

Many of us slow down on purpose and reflect on blessings during this Thanksgiving season. I do believe that God’s love is the one true constant in our lives.

Prayer – the foundation of my day –
Optimistic – my spirit when I pray.
Serenity and sanity – both worthy goals,
Insightful glimpses fill some holes.
Thankful for breath and time,
Illuminating life that today is mine.
Vital to me are friends and family,
Embracing now and what will be.

Happy Thanksgiving!

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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