Before we get to the "official day" for giving thanks as a nation and personally, it might be good to take a quick survey of our blessings so we know WHAT to be thankful for.

A few years ago, an article appeared in USA Today by the author Tim Wendel. It caught my attention.

He wrote with passion about our inability to see and appreciate what is around us. This has become a greater challenge now that our eyes are glued to every manner and size of a screen.

"These days," he wrote. "our society allows - or perhaps faciltates - behavior in which we fail to stop and examine what is before us." He quotes the story by the Vietnamese poet Thich Nhat Hanh about the man on the galloping horse. "To those around him, it appears that the man is full of intent and purpose - obviously heading someplace important. But when somebody asks  where he is going, the man answers, "I don't know! Ask the horse.'"

In our whirlwind life, this might be a good time to stop and look around us. Thich writes: "We have to learn the art of stopping - stopping our thinking, our habit energies, our forgetfulness, the strong emotions that rule us."

And maybe when we take the time to stop we will grasp, at least for a moment all the wonderful ways we have been blessed by God.

And nextThursday, Thanks giving Day, we can say "Thank you!"