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This post is to reflect on Thanksgiving from a spiritual perspective; I’m grateful for everything God has done for me and my loved ones. I pray that all of you took time to reflect on your blessings on yesterday and enjoyed time with those you love.

The REAL Thanksgiving

by Gary R. Hess

The legend of Thanksgiving goes back more than 350 years. We have all heard the story about how the Pilgrims spent Thanksgiving with the Natives and ate fully, but is this what really happened?

The Wampanoag Indians were descendants of the Iroquois who had spent their time in New England for thousands of years. The tribe lived off the land by hunting deer and other animals in the summer and early fall, fishing salmon and herring in the spring and then moved farther inland during the winter to seek shelter from the storms.

The group lived along the coastal region in round-roofed houses called ‘wigwams’ unlike the Midwest Indians who used teepees in order to travel quickly.

The people were friendly and hospitable towards strangers. However a group of English travelers had saddened villages across the region by bringing disease and capturing many to be sold on the slave market. One of the villages, Patuxet, demolished by the English was one of a famous Native American, Squanto.

Squanto was a Native American who befriended John Weymouth (an English Explorer) and headed back to England in order to learn their customs speak English and become Christian. During his stay, a British Slaver captured Squanto and sold him to the Spanish in the Caribbean. Luckily a Spanish Franciscan priest helped Squanto back to England where he would pay Weymouth to bring him back to his homeland.

On his return home Squanto had realized his village was deserted and left with skeletons. The neighboring tribe of Wampanoag took Squanto in and treated him as their own.

As the year went on the neighboring Pilgrims grew weaker and couldn’t survive much longer. Luckily, the Wampanoag came to the rescue. The Wampanoag brought food hospitality towards the people. Since Squanto spoke English he could easily communicate with the Pilgrims and show them how to grow crops and survive off the land. The two groups then spent three days together talking about the land and eating food.

As the years passed, more Pilgrims came and forgot about the friendly Natives. They stole land, tortured and enslaved the Wampanoag while the rest were left foodless and with disease.

For many, Thanksgiving is a time for rejoice and thankfulness for what our ancestors had endured during the early years, but for the Wampanoag it is a time left hard to forget.

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Why do you want more money?

by Leon van der Walt

We all want more money, but have you ever stopped and asked yourself why you want it? Is it to buy the things that give you pleasure or maybe you want to provide better for your family? Whatever it is that you want to buy, whatever it is that you to do with the money, it can often be traced back to some more basic human need or want.

So stop for a moment and answer the question: Why do you want money? (What do you want to do with it?) Even if you already have all the money you desire and are doing what you’ve always wanted with it, this exercise will help to determine whether the means serve the end.

I’ve always wanted to be very rich and have a lot of money, but taking a moment and examining the reasons why is an eye-opener. So take out a pad of paper and make three columns. The first column to note what it is that you want, the second the reason you want it, and the third the basic human need/want that it fulfils.

Below I’ve set out the first two of my own as an example:
What – Why – Need/Want
1. Yacht – Cruise around the world – Want to be able to say ‘been there, done that’.
2. Support parents – Duty – Want them to appreciate what I do for them.

My list is far longer and the reasons (the why) mostly valid. The needs and wants, however, seem almost childish at times. Yet it is these needs and wants that is the real driving force behind some of the things that I do.

It is nothing to be ashamed of and it is valuable to know what drives you. In fact, you might realise that the need or want that you need money to satisfy, can be satisfied by some other means and that money is only one of the paths that will take you there.

Explore your inner self and the reasons that you desire money. Do this, not so that you feel guilty or doubt your own desires, but that you may know yourself more intimately. Know what it is that drives you. And may you realise that money is of itself not an end, but only a means to an end.

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Leon van der Walt is an aspiring netrepreneur in the fields of inspiration and financial freedom. Leon has a masters degree in quantitative risk management and when not working on the Net is a bank employee. He strives to continually improve himself and is focussing on increasing financial literacy. He is the web master at www.financial-inspiration.com and can be contacted at through the contact form on the website.

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