This week, one of our country’s most beloved holidays takes place. A festival of eating, we call it in my family, but what it represents is so much more. More than what the holiday marks in our country history, it represents at least for me, at time to take stock, a time to realize all that we have.
With so much going on around the world, so much hunger and poverty, it is the best time of year to recognize how lucky we are. While we sit down to friends and family to share food, blessings, and love, let us stop for a minute, an hour, perhaps even a whole day to count our blessings and really feel the gratitude.
Whether this means writing in a journal, making a list, or sending cards this exercise not only lets us be aware of how lucky we truly are but gives a chance to tell others how much they mean to us and how much we appreciate them.
Here is a list of my favorite quotes about being thankful to get you inspired:
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
― Marcel Proust
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
― Maya Angelou
“Rest and be thankful.”
― William Wordsworth
“People complain about the bad things that happen to em that they don’t deserve but they seldom mention the good. About what they done to deserve them things”
― Cormac McCarthy, No Country For Old Men
“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite – only a sense of existence. Well, anything for variety. I am ready to try this for the next ten thousand years, and exhaust it. How sweet to think of! my extremities well charred, and my intellectual part too, so that there is no danger of worm or rot for a long while. My breath is sweet to me. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.”
― Henry David Thoreau
Looking for some last minute ways to give back? Local shelters for the homeless are always looking for extra donations or shifts served to help provide food for those less fortunate.
Have a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving Y’all