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Oct 112015


Thoughts and quotes about giving thanks

This Monday is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. It is an opportunity to remember things we are thankful for. Sometimes in our busy lives, we take our riches for granted. The big things, such as a warm home, family and friends, food on the table, our ability to help others. The little things, such as the warmth of the sun on our faces, the beauty of a sunset, a song on the radio, the joy in a child’s smile, a passing butterfly, the smell of freshly mown grass. The blessings to be found in the midst of grief and turmoil, a comforting hug, a shared tear, a helping hand, a note from a friend, moments of escape in laughter and entertainment.

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. ∼Eric Hoffer

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ∼Cynthia Ozick

My socks may not match but my feet are always warm. ∼Maureen McCullough

Gratitude paints little smiley faces on everything it touches. ∼Richelle E. Goodrich

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ∼John F. Kennedy

Hem your blessings with gratitude so they don’t unravel. ∼Author Unknown

Each of us cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ∼Albert Schweitzer

When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others. ∼Dalai Lama

It isn’t what is in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart. ∼Author Unknown

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ∼William Arthur Ward

If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. ∼Meister Eckhart


  16 Responses to “Gratitude”

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and to your family!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you! I really enjoyed the quotes especially “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ∼Cynthia Ozick”. In the U.S., our Thanksgiving is the last Thursday of November. I personally enjoy that day, because my husband cooks and family comes over. =)

    • Sabrina, I have celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada and in the U.S. There are many similarities, but a few differences as well. The best part in both countries in my opinion is the time with family.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving Donna, to you and yours. ALL of these quotes are so wonderful, my favorite being from JFK. So many people don’t walk the walk. It’s a reminder that sayoing isn’t always doing. Obvioulsy for you, that’s not the case becasue you’ve expressed this so beautifully!

  4. We don’t have thanksgiving in Australia but it sounds like a lovely time to reflect on all the things we should be grateful for.

    • Lyn, it is a good reminder to reflect on all one has to be thankful for, although I think we need to be reminded daily to be grateful. Thanksgiving is also a time for getting together with family and friends.

  5. We celebrated the Canadian Thanksgiving Monday in Florida with our Canadian friends before they left us to housesit their home. Hoping that we’re back in Portugal before the US Thanksgiving rolls around but I certainly am enjoying all the comforts of home as well as the chance to enjoy lots of pumpkin pie! I think traveling keeps us grateful and aware of how fortunate we are! Anita

    • Anita, in the last couple of years we’ve been in Canada to celebrate the Canadian Thanksgiving and in the U.S. to celebrate U.S. Thanksgiving. Lots of fun. May happen again this year.

  6. Gratitude in my opinion is fundamental in life. On a daily basis I feel grateful for even small things that happens to me one way or another. Am really annoyed with the abundance of people who state that, say regugees, should not be grateful to the country that gives them asylum.

    • Catarina, I think it is good to take time each day to be thankful for the big and small things in life. I admit I have not heard any of the conversation about refugees and gratitude to country of asylum.

  7. Gratitude….a piece of us that we yearn and a piece of us that we are short of giving.

  8. I love the quote, “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude”. A prime example the little( but really big) things we take for granted is a, “paper cut” on our finger. A tiny little slash on your index finger makes so many tasks painful. Today Im grateful for my finger tips!

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