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Thankful Emerson

Moon by Jerry  Crockett
As the days grow short and my dinner is lit by light bulbs rather than the golden glow of the late day sun, it's easy to become annoyed and irritable.  I find this is especially true when I am caught in the middle between my desire to use the evening hours for enjoyment, and a primal need to sleep brought on by the darkness.  Add days of cold rain and the descent into winter can feel pretty bleak.   

Then last night, while sorting the mail into Recycling and Read piles, I opened an unmarked envelope (which turned out to be a plea for money) and found this quote:

"We are thankful for each new morning with its light,

For rest and shelter of the night,

For health and food, for love and friends,

For everything Thy goodness sends. "

The quote was from Ralph Waldo Emerson, who lived just one town over from where I do.  I'm sure the shift of seasons was felt all the more strongly in his day when there was no full-spectrum light therapy other what you could find out of doors.  Emerson was no Pollyanna.  His life was visited again and again by the death of those close to him, and yet he kept looking for the good.  Looking to live a life full of thanks.

And so I add my own prayer of thanks, for the beauty found in unlikely of places - even junk mail.

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I mean to visit Emerson's house soon, and learn more about him that way, but if anyone can suggest a book about him that's enjoyable (rather than academic), please leave a comment or e-mail me.  Thank you

 

 

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Craig Milley

The Emerson house is awesome. I havent been in there in 10 years at least, and I hear it is under new management (young couple) so I cant vouch how the tours are nowadays, but it is surely still a good take. If you go there, you might want to keep it quiet you gave his most famous essay, Self-Reliance, a 2 out of 5 stars on Goodreads ;)

T. Crockett

Thanks to you Craig, my dirty little secret is out. I admit it, I greatly prefer the soundbite version of Emerson to the real deal. I'm going to go hang my head in shame now.

Craig Milley

My ex used to big into Emerson. I was really big into British history at the time. Therefore, Emercson and Churchill were debated as middle names for our son. We ended up going with simply my first name. I regret that we didnt choose one of those others however - either one would have been cooler.

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