It’s not about the pie

Posted on November 27, 2013


lessons learned from baking pies
Okay, I’ll admit it, I was going to do a funny blog post about baking pies for Thanksgiving. Whenever I attempt to bake something, there’s plenty of things to laugh about. After attending a wonderful interfaith Thanksgiving service over the weekend, I decided instead to write a post about being thankful. After, all isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about.

It’s tough this time of year. Here in New England, it’s cold and it gets dark early. Combine that with the stress of the holidays and it’s all too easy to become very negative. Even I, the eternal optimist, fall into this trap.

It is Sunday afternoon, the wind is howling outside and it feels like about -20 degrees outside. The last thing I wanted to do was to go out and attend a service. But my Mom really wanted to go, so we went. I am so glad that I did.

The service was held in a quaint, quintessential New England style church. Members of the clergy from all faiths were part of the service. There were Roman Catholics, Protestants, Jewish and yes, even Muslim. The service wasn’t overly religious; it focused on giving thanks to God. We sang and prayed together. Something almost magical happens when a group of diverse people gathers to give thanks.

So, this blog post is about all the things I am thankful for.

1. My Mom.

2. My husband.

3. My friends.

4. My health.

5. My nice house.

6. My abundance of food to eat and clothes to wear.

7. My talents – writing, coaching and thinking.

8. My faith.

What do you have to be thankful for this season?

Photo is of pies I baked a few years ago. I baked an apple and a pumpkin pie. I also made these pies this year. The original post about these pies: Lessons learned from baking a pie.