By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27, 2013) — Today is the anniversary of a happy event that led to a sad one on the most personal and grievous of levels. Nonetheless, on the day before Thanksgiving, THE PLANET mentally, emotionally, and spiritually recalibrates, if for nothing than on behalf of Dan Valenti and his family, friends, and loved ones, so that they may be cognizant of the beautiful and not the sad — though that being said, what would life as we know it be without the inharmonious mixture of these two friend catalysts?
Thus, today we leave the world of politics and temporal events. You won’t find a peep about taxes or schools. Instead, our message is one of gratitude. To be grateful is perhaps the healthiest and greatest of human attitudes in facing life. However much money we accumulate, or fame, or friends, in the end, we face it alone, from the inside looking out. You may be married to someone for 70 years, and you will never know what it’s like to be that person. Left unawares, this position could easily degenerate into a Great Silence or Solitude, and then what? We shudder to contemplate.
It’s gratitude, in the end, that saves us.
To be grateful means to be aware of the events of your life: those you produce and do, those that are produced and done to you. In them, gratitude finds the opportunities for growth, for living, for loving. We could not more conceive of loving without there first being a grateful heart than we could of following shadows without the sunshine.
And so that shall be our thought for today, and tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day: One of thanks and thanksgiving for all of the people, places, and things that have made up and make up our life. That includes all the readers of this website, who have made THE PLANET such an interesting and rewarding daily adventure.
Happy thanksgiving to all, and God prosper you.
THE PLANET shall be taking Thursday and Friday off. We reform back here on Monday, Dec. 2.
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.