As we approach Thanksgiving, one of my most favorite holidays, here are some thoughts on gratitude:
"Nothing purchased can come close to the renewed sense of gratitude for having family and friends." --Courtland Milloy
"To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven." --Johannes Gaertner
"Whatever we are waiting for--peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance--it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart." --Sarah Van Breathnach
"The most fortunate are those who have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure ,wonder, and even ecstasy."
"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." --Eckhart Tolle
I have made little cards out of card stock for each member of my family. On each card is one of the above quotations about gratitude. Under the quote there is space for each person to write a list of things they are thankful for. I think this will be a nice way to try to keep the focus on giving thanks rather than just eating and football.
I fully believe that giving thanks is one of the secrets to a long, healthy, and joyful life:
Live with a spirit of gratitude.