Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Reasons For The Day

I think it is a good idea to have one day every twelve months designated for giving thanks.  Government initiated, or not, we need it.  Of course, we need to give thanks whenever the moment calls for them to be given, but a national day of thanking is one way of ensuring that it doesn't become something taken for granted.  As humans we have a tendency of taking things for granted, and that leads to them becoming less important, and eventually ignored.  Knowing that about our selves is why we appoint special days to somethings.  Another reason is we like celebrations.

© 2011 W.J. Hersee
When we think about the circumstances in our life, and thank the powers, and people that be for the good ones, it is also acknowledging the things that aren't the best, and we may even give thanks that they aren't worse than they are.  When we do that, we acknowledge the need for change as well.

Making changes can only only be done when we acknowledge what needs to be changed.  It's that simple.

So, a day for giving thanks accomplishes two things.  One, the intended purpose of giving thanks, and another, more stealth like purpose, the acknowledgement of things that we would like to change.

Anytime we can focus on the good in our lives, acknowledge them, and the need to improve the things that aren't so good, it is a great thing, no matter the day, or the reason.  Having a special day is just a way of getting the majority of us all on the same page at the same time for all the right reasons.

And, for that, I am thankful.

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