Every Day is Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Until this year, I waited until Thanksgiving to thank people… and then something changed.

more later…

now time to play football.

Here is an old post about Stogie Bowl from 2009. Here is something a little more recent (2012.)

It is later.

Early this year, my former priest, Robert Cromey, challenged me to thank people more often. His simple advice changed my life. Thanking people however, is not always peaceful. It is not easy.

 (bryan farley)

The retired, but active, Robert Cromey at a peace vigil in downtown San Francisco listens to a student journalist during the Spring 2013 JEA/NSPA National Journalism Convention.  (bryan farley)

Life is full of conflict, tragedy and hardship. When life gives you lemons, it is difficult to say thank you if you do not drink lemonade. This last year has been especially difficult. I still cannot explain some of my challenges. Yet I became grateful when I thanked people. I also accepted gratitude the more I practiced being grateful. Thanking people helped me see that each wave of bad news would lead to a new opportunity.

 (bryan farley)

I started seeing gratitude imagery more often too. This is one of my favorite photos of the last year. I took it at the Treasure Island Music Festival on October 19, 2013. If I could send a message in a bottle, the message would say, “Thank you. Please Reuse and Recycle.”

6 Responses to “Every Day is Thanksgiving”

  1. Karen Clark says:

    Thank YOU for being my friend 🙂

  2. Thanksgiving is also my FAV holida of all times.

  3. Bryan Farley says:

    This Thanksgiving was a good one. I spent the day with old friends and family. I shared some memories I will never forget. This year has been strange, but memorable.

  4. Bryan Farley says:

    Thank you Katrina Maurer Simeck. You have been one of those unusual people who supported me when nobody else seemed to do so. I am sure others were there, but you made an effort to deal with me when I was even more difficult. I never forget.