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November 24, 2011 Elephant

To what, say, 5 things do you offer your Thanksgiving?

Leave your offering lists of 5 things in comments section here.

  1. I'm thankful for my mom and dad, for giving me to this crazy, magical, deeply sad life and planet.
  2. I'm thankful to my mom for raising the hell out of me; giving my childhood a rich, warm, happy glow, a childhood full of good, simple food; a rich education. Even while we lacked dough for TV and cars and other things we didn't particularly need anyways. She taught me what to value.
  3. I'm grateful to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and the Holy Dharma, and the Noble Sangha, for giving me a chance at sanity, and being genuine, for training me when I was young and wild and more or less crazy with insecurity (arrogance).
  4. I'm grateful for my true friends, so many of whom I rarely see anymore. And I'm grateful for loneliness, my best friend of all. And I'm grateful for my dog, who pulls me outside and back into reality when I've been working on elephant for hours upon hours and forget to eat or drink or exercise.
  5. I'm thankful for my health, and to our President, for spending his political capital trying to get healthcare for all Americans. That's compassion. I didn't have healthcare for 5 years, and if anything had happened during that time, my business and home and any ability to be of benefit would have been lost.

Bonus: Johnny Cash sings Thanksgiving (the song is...wow.)

Yours in working (and playing) to create enlightened society,

~Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis
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