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Recently, a friend introduced me to the music of Susan Werner. The words to her song “I will have my portion” have been on my mind in these days leading up to Thanksgiving. Her song speaks to a sense of both anticipation and hope; intention and plenty. Listen to the words:
As our nation’s economy still inches toward recovery, it is easy to imagine that countless Americans want to embrace the words of this song and claim them to be true. At the same time, millions around the world can only dream of the good fortune most Americans enjoy.
An Englishman named George Sala came to New York in 1879 and witnessed Thanksgiving in America - a holiday only officially established 16 years earlier by President Abraham Lincoln. In his book, America Revisited, he reported that “the Good Samaritan was out and about in every street of the great city on Thursday, laden with the good things of the earth, and sedulously seeking for the poor folks to relieve their bodily needs, and comfort them with kind words”. Mr. Sala gave us a wonderful image of American generosity that is worth remembering.
So during this upcoming holiday season I hope you will find a way, that is meaningful to you, to express your giving spirit – either in your family, your community or in a community around the world. In the words of Susan’s song: there’s enough to go around.