Giving thanks on Thanksgiving


At almost every Thanksgiving meal we ask those present to speak up & state just ONE thing they might be grateful for, that they are willing to  “give thanks” about.  Usually people say that they are thankful for their families, their children, their jobs, fellowship, etc.  Please reflect upon this today/tonight if you celebrate Thanksgiving.

This year I think I might say tonight that I am very thankful of  still being physically healthy, to be able to walk and bicycle in my older age, and play ping pong. (Of course I won’t mention that I used to play softball, basketball, tennis, racquetball, and swim laps when I was younger…)

I have found it helpful and a way to alleviate stress to jot down a “gratitude journal” at the end of each day, to reflect upon what you are thankful for that one day.  It can just be memories and thoughts of what was positive or what worked for you that day.
And remember that having an “attitude of gratitude” goes a long way too.
What are you thankful for?
Enjoy Thanksgiving 2015, whatever you do today.


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. I wish you the same, Carolyn! Yours was a very nice message that is most appropriate. Especially the part about being thankful all year round.

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