MENTAL NOTE

"Though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run."
Blue, resist the urge to use facebook. You can do it. Good luck.
Cats and dogs can be friends. So can cowboys and indians. So can we.
Why try to be the best when there's no hierarchy in heaven?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

If All of Us Were Thankful 365 Days a Year

I hope you won't think less of me when I ask myself... why is it that we don't even want to feel bad about the 50,000,000 turkeys that are slaughtered en masse each year so we can express our humble thanks and feel good about ourselves in the process? (We're only talking twice the number of citizens of Texas, mind you.) And much as I love the company of friends and relatives come Thursday, why is it that we need a special day to remind ourselves we need to be thankful anyway? Why don't we just take a really good look in the mirror before we hide ourselves behind this thing called culture — for let's face it, showing gratitude does not need to be institutionalized, even if centuries of successful brainwashing have fooled us into believing it really does. Let's be thankful every day.



IF I WERE A BIRD?

If I were a bird, would I thank you too?
Would you terrify me more than angry dogs do?
Would I pray to God to save me just this time?
I know he loves me more than humans in rhyme.
If I had wings, would you relish me,
Would you cut off my head so I'd be free?
Would your laughter fill my void
As I sit there on your table feeling slightly paranoid?
Would I like your stories, your views upon this world?
Would I want to be you and speak to a flag unfurled,
Would I laugh at my body and feel blessed to be me,
The ruler of the planet, an escapee?
Would you think less of me if I wrote this line
Would you remind me of your culture and mine?
Would you forgive my lack of insight
On such a wonderful and special night
Or would you wish I were a bird,
A thing you know won't speak a word?
If you were a bird, would you thank me too?
Don't hate me — in many ways I'm just like you.
If you were a bird, what kind of bird would you be?
Would you be a turkey just like me?

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58 comments:

  1. Why not be a turkey... 'cause maybe I'd be cook in a shelter where families that have no way to buy a Thanksgiving meal could enjoy me. Since I'm so large, there might be a lot of children that would have a nice portion of protein. I'd like to think that the green beans of the world would feel the same as I do.

    I'll always be thankful every day - no matter what - but if someone is hungry for food, love, understanding - I hope I would a willing participant to bring them joy!

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    1. Well done, Dixie. Well done.

      Love,
      Janie

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    2. Don't I get some love today, Janie? :( You know I need it.

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    3. I love you, Blue, but I need love, too.

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  2. If I was a bird, I'd be a great Eagle. I think. Actually, I'd be any bird that can fly across the world.
    I hear you Grumos... why can't every day be Mother's Day, why can't we love everyone everyday... why can't we be grateful every day... I hate being human.
    I'd rather be a bird.

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    1. Not by anyone, you would't be bought
      You'd fly where no one else has flown before
      Feel free to come a-knockin' on my door
      Don't hate being you :)

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  3. We should be thankful every single day. I don't need a special day for that. Or to watch bad football.
    The turkey. What if that had been our national bird? Sitting down every Thanksgiving to eat it would take on a whole new meaning...

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    1. Bad football... Don't even go there, Alex. :)

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  4. Fantastic outpourings
    Classic rendition Blue
    Complete with rhyming
    The best out of you
    Being grateful everyday
    Can easily be done
    No turkey anyway
    Just coupled with fun
    Extend the laughter
    To as many possible
    Being together
    To make it all musical

    Hank

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    1. Thanks, Hank. You know I'm only trying to look in the mirror, is all.

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  5. We don't feel bad about slaughtering turkeys because turkeys are dicks. As far as birds go, turkeys are especially jerks. Mean little buggers. Now, stop lurking at my old dead site, leaving inane comments there, and head over to my new place and leave salient comments there.

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    1. So.... basically turkeys are like your seals? Inane comments? I did no such thing! There must be a copycat on the loose! A very handsome copycat... No?

      I hate changes. Didn't you know?

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  6. Yep, people have been brainwashed into believing that it is just one day that you should give thanks at your bay, and then they be dicks the rest of the year, except for maybe some Christmas cheer. Just like valentine's day, except it is a day off work, which is a perk, a day made for people to pretend all is all nice and right with the world for a day. Diluted much at their bay? Shouldn't need a special day to get together, but I guess it is the only thing so many oh so busy and hard up people can weather

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    1. Yep, a day off work sure is a perk making me smirk like a um.... clerk. How is life, Blue Cat? Dare I ask?

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    2. lol the cat is not blue, yellow and black at his zoo. Life is life at my sea, but soon to be debt free. That will be nice in every way, as I tell all to stick it up their arse at my bay.

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    3. Nearly debt free? How in the world did you pull that off?

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  7. I shall post this poem of yours at my Facebook! It seems all holidays are bathed in animal blood :(
    Lines 'Would your laughter fill my void' and 'Or would you wish I were a bird,
    A thing you know won't speak a word?' were especially magnificent, Blue!

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    1. My thoughts exactly, Dezzy. The world's holidays are indeed bathed in blood. Disgrace :(

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    2. Nothing escapes the Dazzzzling Dezz.

      Hi, Wendy! I'm grateful I know all of you. That's not a joke.

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    3. Your poem got about five LIKES at Facebook :)

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    4. well, you didn't put on a turkey costume to promote it a bit in the streets :)

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    5. For fear that someone might stuff my void. (Just quoting, of course.)

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    6. who knows, maybe you would've enjoyed it :PPPP

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    7. Thanks for yet another indelible mental image.

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  8. Aw, the poor turkey. I feel bad and I'm a vegetarian! Although, I do confess that I was thinking of having some turkey on Thanksgiving. Well now I'm not, thanks a lot, Blue! Ha ha.

    But your point is well made. I have a gratefulness board on my wall in my hallway, but do you think I've written anything on it in a really long time? NO! I need to.

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    1. You know it's just a way for me to look in the mirror. How have you been doing, Kianwi?

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  9. Being thankful every day is a lost art. Life is too busy for people to pause and be thankful.Which is a shame because it makes the world a nicer place. Good one:)

    Oh and the turkey poem is good too:)

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    1. I've been ill since 2011, and I'm grateful to be alive on a daily business. That's what it took for me to open my eyes - a bit drastic, I know, and not be recommended.

      Thanks for stopping by again. I appreciate it.

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  10. Have you ever tried saying the things out loud for which you are thankful? Even small things like the sun is shining or the traffic is light or my hair looks nice today or... well, you get the idea. I find that when I am Blue it works pretty well. I just say as many things I can think of and my spirit is instantly lighter. Practice an attitude of gratitude... every day:)

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    1. Yes, I sure have. :) So you're known to be blue as well?

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  11. I think we need one designated day to be thankful, because if we didn't put that day aside, most of us would devote 0 days to being thankful. We'd mean to, but never get around to it.

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    1. Zero... And we call ourselves the smartest beings on the face of the planet?

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  12. I thknk I will love a dove or a golondrina ( i dont know how you call)

    We dont have thanksgiving here but Iyry to thanks always all we have
    Yesterday Ithink in that when I sawmy apricots tree not ripe still butthey look so good!
    Las year by a climate problemwr hadn't any apricots! So im thanksful now!
    BTW i made a recipe you would like really vegetarian!
    xo

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    1. Ok:) Just don't call me a vegetarian. I hate that word :) I just don't like the taste of meat, is all. So tell me more about your recepe.

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  13. Yes, indeed, why slaughter 50,000 innocent birds? Aargh.

    What sort of bird would I be? A mythical Phoenix, methinks. Then nobody could come along and chop off my head - or my wings - or my thighs - though that wouldn't be such a bad thing ...

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    1. You mean.... 50,000,000... but who is counting ;) Blue, don't spoil your own fun!

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    2. she is probably thinking of 50,000 dodos that were eradicated in her Middle Earth....

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    3. Ah yes... I remember reading about dodos.

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    4. funny birds they were, we remember them fondly....

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    5. Good point, Blue. I should have said 50,000,000. Makes me even more upset now :( Poor bloody birds.

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  14. While we should be thankful every single day, we get ourselves way too distracted to remember. Days like Thanksgiving, and other remembrance anniversaries, work as important reminders... because we're turkeys like that. ;)

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    1. I hear you, Lynda. Too many distractions.

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    1. No, I'm not. I just don't like the taste of meat that much. Are you a vegan kitty cat?

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  16. Blue,

    I am thankful everyday that I am still here as I have knocked on the door to the other side. When I wake up to a glorious sunrise or watch the day drift over the horizon I am often awestruck at the beauty.. and don't even get me going on the moon as that just makes my head swoon. I notice the smallest things in life I guess my inner child was reborn when I walked through the fire.

    I take time out of each day to quietly meditate inhaling the good and exhaling the bad. Of course I have hard days as you know as I am a lady that sings the blues.

    If I were a bird I would def me a bird of vision..perhaps a hawk and I would fly over the landscape taking in the view. Knowing no boundaries I would soar..

    Oh, how I wish I could fly
    on the open wings of a hawk
    so, wild and free..
    soaring
    soaring

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    1. Chances are you were a hawk in a previous life. My inner child is still very much alive, Truedessa. You may have noticed. Close your eyes and fly...

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  17. If I were a feathered creature
    I wouldn't ever be a preacher
    I'd be a pretty song bird small
    Sing golden notes for one and all
    I'd never ever sing the blues
    Never even if you choose
    I'd make all smile with notes of love
    Use for my base, coos of a dove
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I've never actually had a friendship with a turkey (except some of my turkey
    friends) but I do have a glowing relationship with my chickens. They expect so
    little but give so much. Every day, each one gives me an organic egg, the center where all life begins.

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    1. What kind of songs would you sing?
      Songs of love that joy may bring?
      Coos of a dove to perfect your sound?
      You make me smile when you're around.

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  18. I'm always a bit perturbed by National Turkey Genocide Day. It seems disingenuous to celebrate gratitude in life through the mass torture of other creatures. Although the Presidential tradition of pardoning a single turkey is I guess about on par with the compassion demonstrated by the people in the original Thanksgiving. Anyone for a blanket?

    ...These kinds of thoughts may be why I'm not very popular at parties...I am genuinely thankful for all of the many blessings in my life! Happy thoughts to you and yours, Blue.

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    1. I don't even get invited;)
      Happy thoughts to you and yours too.

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  19. I hardly think the majority of America is thankful ONE day of the year.

    More like Eatlikeapiggiving.

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  20. I don't mind special days, see it is hard to do things regularly like eating turkey, buying presents, calling and wishing dad or mom , visiting family, reunions, buying candies and flowers etc., And these special days help a lot right? I cant walk to boss desk and say - "hi, I need day off to hide craft project eggs in my garden for my kids to hunt".
    Personally I don't mind being a bird, and don't mind being eaten - better to be eaten than rather die a rotten rght? I should have been born a Zoroastrian or parsi I think.
    And if turkeys have problem, they could raise human, feed them hormones and bulk them up and stuff them and chop them and celebrate humans day or something. Who cares right? As long as no one species populates and pollutes the earth - all is well...:)
    (Thanks for your sweet comment Blue, I have been super busy and hoping to get to normal by end of year..I need to get back to blogging soon I miss a lot..)

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    1. I can't believe it took me a year to find this comment of yours. Are you still super busy?

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