When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them. - Chinese Proverb
Are you ‘living thankful,’ EVERY DAY, or are you concentrating on having a sumptuous meal one day a year? Do you list things/people/etc you’re ‘thankful for,’ or do you FEEL it at a gut level?
Nothing purchased can come close to the renewed sense of gratitude for having family and friends. Courtland Milloy
I ask you this because we are lucky enough to have and enjoy so much that it takes life smacking us in the face to get our attention: the loss of the job we were just griping about yesterday; the loss of a friend or relative you meant to send a letter to or call; the loss of security when you get a foreclosure notice; the loss of your feeling of immortality when suddenly your health is in serious jeopardy.
Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise… then you will discover the fullness of your life. Brother David Steindl-Rast
It shouldn’t be this way, but we’re all too human, doing what we have to, or need to do each day, rushing around trying to finish an endless list of ‘shoulds,’ and trying to work in a couple of ‘want to’s.’
Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day. ~Robert Caspar Lintner
Most of us have had face-smacking moments that get our attention for awhile, but then may fade into the background as the day-to-day swallows us up again.
I’ve had several of these during my life, and lately it seems they’re happening more and more frequently, so my attention is more fully focused than it has been in the past. I’ve made a promise to myself to really BE THANKFUL for all I have EVERY DAY, rather than be upset with the things that should have happened today, but didn’t.
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William Arthur Ward
Two health scares in the past 5 years have made me thankful that what has happened is either ‘fixable’ or ‘handle-able.’ I’m really thankful that the pain or problems I have health-wise are minor enough I can gripe about them.
If you count all your assets, you always show a profit. ~Robert Quillen
Since some of my close friends have lost their husbands recently, I’m thankful EVERY DAY for my husband. We spend a LOT of time together, laughing, trying to create things from stained glass and metal. Even though he irritates me from time to time, he’s definitely a ‘keeper’ who makes my life full.
Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. ~W.J. Cameron
We're lucky enough to have paid off our home. We're retired. We have a comfortable lifestyle with lots of extras money can't buy - and we're very aware of how very lucky we are. We're having something a little different this year for Thanksgiving. Instead of a turkey, we're having a swan. You get more stuffing. George Carlin
So, as we approach the official day of thanks-giving – I hope you can find a huge list of things for which you are truly thankful – and that you remember and appreciate EVERY SINGLE DAY!
The thing I’m most thankful for right now is elastic waistbands. ~Author Unknown
WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?