Ann Rains of the New Harmony Gazette is gaining ground as a familiar presence in the indie biz community.
With the holiday season in full swing here in the U.S., she's serving up a wonderful guest-post for you today.
I know I've been saying her own site will be airing soon for a while now, but soon is truly oh-so-close.
We've been in several meetings over the past few months, and steadily turning physical data into electronic data, which will allow her, for the first time, to publish her work on her own venue in the Weeblyhood.
So, be ready. Next time you hear from me about the work of Ann Rains, I'll have a link for you, and you'll be able to hop over to her website and check it out for yourself.
In the meantime, here's her latest...
Most Americans will be giving thanks on Thursday, November 26th. We will be surrounded with family and friends who have good will in their hearts. And lots of food in their tummies.
However, being thankful for what we have is not a given.
It is not something that is served upon a platter like the Thanksgiving turkey. To be thankful, to give thanks to God for our bountiful gifts means that we care.
Caring connotes responsibility for these gifts.
In the fullness of this life, what we do for “good” may very well meet that responsibility. Our community, family, the world needs our efforts. It completes a responsibility in the world and in return, it completes us.
There is good work within each of us. How it corresponds to our outward endeavors is an enigma. But somehow, the outward and inward work conform.
Maintaining a balance in our daily lives and the work we pursue is often a struggle. For those who strive to accomplish great things, to make positive changes in the world, the balance may be out of kilter. Perhaps a pathway may be to think of what one holds in reverence, what one loves. Even small good things can draw light into one’s life.
Ben Hei Hei said “The outward work can never be small if the inward one is great, and the outward work can never be great if the inward is small or of little worth.”
No one knows much about Hei Hei but his teachings tell us that “...struggle is inevitable. And struggle is worthwhile.”
Thus, as we give our thanks on this Thanksgiving Day and every day, let us remember the sanctity of life and the gifts bestowed upon us. How we encounter life is transformative. The good work that we do with our hands and our soul is never wasted.
As Wendell Berry says, “Good work is a way of living…it is unifying and healing….It defines us as we are; not too good to work with our bodies, but too good to work poorly or joylessly or selfishly or alone.”
May your Thanksgiving and all your days be filled with “good work.”
My thanks to Ann for guest-posting today. If you'd like to get in touch with her, she can be reached via email to email@example.com and I'm sure she'd love to hear from you!
Also, the latest and greatest circulating among other indie-journalists in our community lately can be checked out via the links below.
Famous Yeast Breads of Gozo via WarnerWords
Book Review: The Carriage Driver by Michael Friedman via marcoujor's musings
Also, here's a vid for you from Dr. Tarrin Lupo, that you can maintain as another weapon in your arsenal against holiday weight-gain.
That's it for this one!
God bless you, thanks for the read, Happy Thanksgiving and see you next week!
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