My cats are helping me to get everything ready for Christmas. Their purrs, their loving attention, and their beautiful fur make me smile, especially when I think about how I rescued all three of them from shelters. I love knowing that I am able to help these three wonderful animals.
Two of my cats are very closely connected. In this picture, they look like they're kissing, which they may be doing, or they may instead be grooming each other. Either way, I'm thankful to know that animals are loving and helping each other in my home and in our world.
Love happens in so many great ways. I not only have love for people, animals, my life, and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but I also can see love being transferred among others. To know that others have positive lives is wonderful to see, especially on Thanksgiving Day.
At my many author events (http://www.drkarenpetit.com/events.html), I am very thankful to meet so many of the great people in this world! Customers not only buy my books, but also talk to me about their family history, their writing experiences, and other nice activities that are happening in their lives. Also at author events, I talk to the people who have set up the event and those who are participating in the event's activities. It's like a conference because we discuss ideas that help each other to be more successful. At my author events and in other environments (work, church, home, etc.), I also meet, socialize with, and enjoy talking to my colleagues, friends, and family members. The picture in this blog posting happened in December 2017 at ARIA's Author Expo. I am so thankful to the many people in our society who support their family members, friends, literacy, local authors, and local businesses.
The blog entries on my five different book websites are often connected to each other, so I'll be posting this blog entry on all five of my book websites to illustrate one example of the many connections that I often see between my books and their content.
I am very happy and thankful to have pictures like this one. It shows a very loving connection that two of my cats had with each other. I often used to pat them both together while they were lying next to each other. They're both now in the hands of our Lord, but I know I will be reunited with them again one day when we're all in heaven together.
I am so thankful for my three super-sweet cats. Not only do they love me, but they also love each other. They lick each other's faces, play with each other, and even share food and physical space with one another.
I'm so thankful that my four novels are now all published. My first publisher went out of business, so I found another publisher (WestBow Press). The publication process was very fast for my fourth novel (Unhidden Pilgrims) and then even faster for re-publication of the second editions of my first three novels (Banking on Dreams, Mayflower Dreams, and Roger Williams in an Elevator). While updating, editing, and proofing four novels in less than five months is a lot of work, I am so thankful for the experience because I have learned a lot and become a stronger writer.
I am very thankful for my family and their support. We have done many fun activities together, such as Thanksgiving dinners. We also have made heart magnets for our refrigerators. Whenever I look at this heart on my refrigerator, I remember the fun that we had making our heart magnets together. I also smile because of the love of my family and the love of my God.
Whether my choices for political candidates have won or not, I'm still so thankful to be living in a democracy and to be able to vote. Yes, I really do want people with different views from mine to also vote, so we can debate different ideas and have a variety of choices to consider.
I am so thankful for my many author activities. Even before the March 2016 release date of my third novel, Roger Williams in an Elevator, I had begun writing a fourth novel. I love seeing how my own ideas actually change as I put them on paper in different settings with a variety of characters and actions. At my many author events, I've had so much fun networking with people from many different fields. Being an author has been a blessing in so many unbelievable ways!
To my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ:
I praise you, Lord, for loving me
for many years in wondrous ways.
In sunny joy, my eyes can see
with all your guidance helping me.
I thank you, Lord, for being you.
Please bless yourself and others too.
I am so thankful for my pets. Whether they are playing with Christmas trees or massaging my feet, they brighten my life with their energy, love, and purrs.
I'm so thankful for objects that help me to multi-task in my everyday life: file cabinets, cupboards, notebooks, folders, directories, cell phones, computer files . . . . I'm also thankful for having so many items that need to be organized into various settings.
While writing, I'm thankful for having a multitude of creative ideas that need to be organized. Outlining, listing, and drawings are some of my favorite organizational techniques.
The creativity of my writing and other activities is enhanced with logical organizers.
Until recently, whenever I was stuck in traffic, I would get upset. Then one day, I was actually very thankful to be within the traffic, rather than within the car accident that had caused the traffic.
Now, whenever I'm stuck in traffic, I try to do more positive things. I remind myself about the niceness of having a car. I also tell myself to just relax. Whether I want to or not, relaxation can include listening in my car to nice music for a longer time than I had initially expected. Having a little bit of extra relaxation time is a reason to be thankful, rather than a reason to be upset.
On August 4, 2015 severe wind/thunderstorms damaged multiple trees, cars, houses, and other objects in Rhode Island. I've been calling these storms "mini-tornadoes." Thankfully, I only lost my power for about six hours on that date. I have also been very thankful that no branches from area trees did damage to my house or my car. One nearby tree did lose several of its branches, including one large one that looked like it was just hacked out of its center. This giant branch and some smaller ones fell into my backyard. A few of my tomato plants were destroyed, but most of my garden was thankfully okay.
Now, this same tree actually looks really beautiful in an interesting way with the leaves near the cut-out area turning colors more quickly while most of the other leaves are still primarily green. I am so thankful that such a positive image has emerged after the numerous problems caused by those mini-tornadoes.
Thanksgiving is a time when many people, including myself, are thankful to God for their many blessings. Just being alive and being able to say "thank you" to my Lord and to the many wonderful people in our world is a blessing all by itself.
I'm not the only one who is thankful for the many people and blessings in my life. A Huffington Post Webpage published on November 3, 2015, "Being Thankful" (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/being-thankful/), shows the thankfulness of a large variety of people.
Despite the many problems encountered by the Pilgrims, they were still thankful to God for the many blessings in their lives. This thankfulness is described in Jen Cowart's article about an interfaith "Thanksgiving Message 'Cultivating Gratitude.'"
According to Jen Cowart, in November 2013, the Cranston Interfaith Clergy Association and members of their congregations heard a guest speaker from Jerusalem: Rabbi Michael Klein-Katz. In addition to talking about the Pilgrims, Klein-Katz also spoke about a Harvard Medical School study of gratitude. Six methods of "living a grateful life" were mentioned: "Writing thank you notes to others, thanking others mentally by thinking of them, keeping a personal gratitude journal, counting one's blessings, praying and meditating."
More information about Thanksgiving and gratitude is available in Jen Cowart's article "Thanksgiving Message 'Cultivating Gratitude,'" which appeared in the Cranston Herald, cranstononline.com, on November 27, 2013. This article is still online at: http://cranstononline.com/stories/Cultivating-gratitude,87769?search_filter=thankful+and+god&content_&town_id=3&sub_
A May Flower in November 1620
by Dr. Karen Petit
The flowers of May were blooming away
in summer's great warmth and fall's wintry air.
A petal broke off, went sailing astray,
into the wind, with a Separatist’s prayer.
It paused in the sky with the blue turning gray;
then continued its trip 'til wooden beams were near.
When one of them cracked, the petal did say:
“I fear for my life! This storm’s so unfair!"
"But I know, in this world, many are things unfixed."
"'cause I trust in my Lord, to Him I’ll pray.”
With prayers and repairs, the beam was soon fixed.
“I thank thee, Lord, for strengthening my 'May.'”
The voyage moved on; many problems eclipsed.
In November within a New World’s bay,
the flower became Mayflower in-mixed.
Thanksgiving Bible Verses
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Dr. Karen Petit is the author of Banking on Dreams, Mayflower Dreams, Roger Williams in an Elevator, Unhidden Pilgrims, and Holidays Amaze. She is thankful to God for the many wonderful people and positive aspects of her life.