I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

Two events of last week have found me thankful.  The first event is the peaceful transition of power after a bitterly fought election.  I am thankful to live in a country where our democracy is so valued that the acrimonious feelings of the losing side are put aside and our citizens and elected officials work together for the continued success of our democratic systems of government.    

The other event that happened last week was the news of the passing of Leonard Cohen.  I am so thankful to have lived in a time when Leonard Cohen was writing and recording his very thoughtful and ethereal music.  One of the most covered pieces of popular music is Halleluja.  

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah    

I hope that by writing these posts that we will move together beyond thankfulness into appreciation. Because appreciation for the moments and things for which we give thanks requires us to be mindful of our lives. “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future”   John F. Kennedy

At the end of the post you will find a link up frog and I hope you will join me on this venture and once a week write a post and link up to others and share what you are thankful for this week.

 Thank you for joining me today,


About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

27 Responses

  1. I hope your governmental transition goes well, the rest of the world is watching and hoping. As you know, I share your feelings about the loss of Leonard Cohen, but at least we have his incredible body of work to remember him by.

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  2. We were driving home through a thunderstorm when the radio announced his death. I blasted Halleluja at full volume as we drove through thunder and lightning. Somehow it felt fittingly awesome as a tribute to this man.

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  3. Bernadette, thank you so much for continuing your witness to thankfulness this week. I am benefitting so much from reading this today. I especially appreciate the hopefulness that you express here and the quotes that you selected. Honestly, immediately after the election, I felt nauseated but responded with optimistic courage, telling my friends, “All we may be able to control is how we live out our personal lives each day. Let’s seek to understand each other and not give into the fear that leads to hate.” I keep trying to remind myself of Jesus’s call to love beyond what is even reasonable, but in the past few days I have felt my anxiety increasing. Thank you for being such a strong voice of courage and love.

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  4. Bernadette thank you for your great thoughts regarding the passage of power and Leonard Cohen. I was thinking of the same verse in relation to the election. I want to mention that I am extremely thankful for the huge orange supermoon I was lucky enough to see yesterday just as it was rising, and in the presence of my grandson.

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  5. Beautiful gratefulness, Bernadette. I am grateful that we can write our words on a blog to be shared with others, and those who want to read what we feel and think can do so. I am so grateful for democracy and for songs like hallelujah. XO

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  6. I too love this JFK quote and I used it in my blog recently. Passing of Leonard Cohen made us go back and reread his poetry and remember what kind of person he was. He wouldn’t spit hate and blame all and everyone, and insult those who think different. Dignity is what society is lacking these days. Not a ‘republican’ or ‘democratic’ solution matters, but a right one. Instead of expressing hate or telling how they are sorry for the Americans, and all of this rubbish I read lately, people should have wished you all well, and expressed hope and positivism about the future of America and the world. I am totally sick of all the smartasses, but I appreciate any word of wisdom, encouragement, and hope. Thank you for this post.

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