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Grateful hearts on Thanksgiving Day

Today, we honor our grandparents and parents, who have served and continue to be our inspiration as they guide us through the twists and turns of this tumultuous world.

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We ask an all-important question this Thanksgiving Day: Why are we all grateful and thankful particularly this year?

Answer: Because we are all reading this column and we realize that yes, we are alive, we can love and live, we are doing what we love to do.

Today, we honor our grandparents and parents, who have served and continue to be our inspiration as they guide us through the twists and turns of this tumultuous world. Because, as human beings, every lesson we learn from them is etched in our hearts and minds as these experiences and advice are passed on to generations of our families. Their positive lessons inspire us through the years. These legacies of special gifts from our revered elders are the memories that bring light, a rainbow of colors, joy, honor and glory that time will never diminish nor be forgotten.

GRANDPARENTS and parents guide us through the twists and turns of this tumultuous world. / PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF UNSPLASH/JANA SABETH AND gabrielle henderson

These remembrances further become sources of immeasurable inspiration, of commitment, of courage and strength which allows us all to continue with our struggles amidst this pandemic. The positive energy, hurts endured, forgiveness extended, and the abiding faith allow us to achieve excellence and honor, the anchors that bring meaning, purpose and direction into our lives.

As generations pass, these legacies and lessons passed on to us by our respected elders through our parents are the forces that hold our families together, bind our traditions, fortify our ties, drive our kith and kin to new and challenging heights which induces our creative juices to create a living, learning, giving, sharing, viable and innovative families that continue to forge on to create a livable, positive and happy environment for us all.

Today, as we honor the legacy of our grandparents and our parents, their indomitable human spirit, and the wonderful, caring, mindful, compassionate and dependable values instilled in us, let us allow ourselves to humbly thank them with our grateful hearts as today, we have become who we are because of them.

Let us listen to our inner voices that proclaim their greatness. Let us sit down in our quiet corners to record in our Grateful Journals all the milestone lessons and the gifts of giving that we have learned from them. Our journey in life will be meaningless until we come to the realization that the good we do in the world for the least of our brethren, we learned from them through the example of how they live their lives with purpose, meaning and dedication.

Today, let us relive our happy, meaningful, sometimes sad moments with our elders. Let us be inspired by the beautiful, uplifting stories they share with us which have become our nightly bedtime stories.

This reminds me of my feisty, courageous, beautiful grandmother, Elvira Sarmiento Nieva, Marinduque’s First Lady, as she was married to Marinduque’s first governor, Juan Morente Nieva, whose advice I shall never forget: “Less talk, less mistake.” Such a simple reminder that created a great impact on me. Today, I still follow this sensible advice.

So, today, let us celebrate our precious grandparents and our beloved parents. Let us become the best persons we can ever be to honor them. Let us allow the love, honor, respect and fortitude they passed on to us to become the hallmarks of our principled lives.

This is the best legacy we can leave the world.

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