November 25, 2015

Being Thankful in An Ungrateful World

Last night, I stared at the pot of deelish oatmeal I had just prepared for myself, and thought about how blessed I am to have this meal.

I am blessed… because I can walk into my kitchen, open my cupboards and refrigerator, and have plenty of food choices.

I am blessed… because I can turn on my faucets and have relatively “clean” water to use whenever I choose.

I am blessed… because when there is a chill in the air, I can walk over to the thermostat and warm my home.

I am blessed… because whenever I get stuck in my head, I have the unconditionally love of my Prince to snap me out of it.

There is so much in my life to be thankful and grateful for that counting them all would take several lifetimes to complete.

As the United States of America begins its Thanksgiving festivities, it is my deepest wish that you find something in your life that lights the gratitude beacon in your heart… and may you shine that beacon for all to experience!

Here are some quotes on Thanksgiving and Gratitude to help you on your way…

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.”
Meister Eckhart Tolle

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

“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.”
W.J. Cameron

“Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day. “
Robert Caspar Lintner

“The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!”
Henry Ward Beecher

“Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much.  For on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures of appreciation, our neighbors build their philosophy of life.”
A. J. Cronin

“Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”  
Oprah Winfrey

what are you thankful for?
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UPDATE: 5:34pm Pacific

I headed in to Dollar Tree to buy more candles for my ancestor altar. While waiting in the checkout lane, I watched a woman counting her change just to buy some food. Her bill was only $4.16. Not much to most people… but a hell of a lot for her. I paid her bill… because at the moment, I have more than she does.

I did not need the candles to sustain my physical body. She, however, needed the food for hers.

Blessings are always around us… if you have more, be thankful and share it forward! <3

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