Albert Einstein said: There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. For some, this may seem like an odd way to start a Thanksgiving Day message but to my way of thinking it is perfect. Why you might say? Well think about it. We wake up each morning with the capacity to think and to feel and to share and to love. We have air to breath and endless skies to enjoy. We have friendships to embrace and food to eat. And most important, we continue to survive in spite of the chaos and corruption around us. Each little aspect of our life touches upon one of these little miracles. Sure, times are tough. Not only that, indications are that things may get tougher very soon. I do not need to remind you that natural disasters of epic proportions are occurring around the globe. World economies are falling and in all likelihood the entire world may declare bankruptcy and we will all have to start over. Still, as someone who prepares, you have your own little miracle going. You are learning skills to make things and to build things. You are creating a dependence on your garden and your pantry instead of the supermarket. And finally, you are establishing relationships with like minded members of your community that will watch your back as you watch theirs. The True Story of Thanksgiving Last year this time, I wrote about the history of Thanksgiving. I said:
How many Americans, as adults, recall the true story of Thanksgiving, starting with the settlers landing at Plymouth Rock, through their beneficial relationship with the Wampanoag, and the eventual falling out with the Native Americans ten or so years later? And how many know – or care – that the original caretakers of our land were either booted out, killed or imprisoned by a culture utterly foreign and unacceptable to their way of life?A year later, I still feel the same as I did then. I continue to be saddened that, for better or for worse, we as the middle class are being set up for the big boot much as the Native Americans were booted from their land and their culture in the late 1600s and beyond. The difference is that in one short year, the preparedness community has gained strength, stature, and respectability. We have become our own prepper nation of individuals and families that are becoming independent and self-reliant without needing the “system” to take care of us. As I look back at the true story of Thanksgiving as told in Thanksgiving and the Abandonment of Life as We Know it, I am proud of the accomplishments of our bold and brave clan of preppers and see the establishment of a prepper community as a small but significant miracle. The Final Word As you gather around the Thanksgiving table this year, I encourage you to reflect upon the good that is happening in your life and to count up those little miracles around you however small and seemingly insignificant. And equally important, I hope you will give thanks and be grateful for all that you have and not fret about what you have not. This Thanksgiving message is being delivered to you today with heart with gratitude for being so loyal to Backdoor Survival. My wish is for you to continue to thrive, to be well and to be safe. Have a blessed Thanksgiving! Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation! Bargain Bin: Today I had to think long and hard about what to do about the Thanksgiving Day bargain bin. It should be no secret that the commission from your purchases help cover my blog costs plus the cost of all of the various items I purchase for testing an review purposes. I would say that abut half of those items never appear on the website because if I won’t use them, why should you. For you shoppers out there, deals abound everywhere right now. Rather than load you up with ideas, today I provide just a few simple links and set you on your way. It is Thanksgiving after all – a time for family and friends and cherished relationships. If you do choose to shop, I hope you will use my links instead of going somewhere else. But if not, that is okay too. I cherish all of you and will never ever pressure you to spend money in order to visit my website. Shop Amazon – Black Friday Deals Week Shop Amazon – Holiday Gift Cards – Instant Delivery or Free One-Day Shipping Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials Shop the Backdoor Survival Shelf Reliance and Thrive Party where everything – and mean everything – is on sale for up to 50% off. You can also download a special Black Friday Flyer. Like this and want more? CLICK HERE to receive Backdoor Survival Posts by Email (usually on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday) CLICK HERE to sign up for the new Backdoor Survival Newsletter! (Periodically) CLICK HERE to visit Backdoor Survival on Facebook (updates posted every day or so) CLICK HERE to follow Survival Woman on Twitter. Help support Backdoor Survival. Purchases earn a small commission and for that I thank you!