“Gratitude can turn common days into Thanksgivings…” ~William Arthur Ward
Days like today fill me to the brim with memories, sacred moments, and the bittersweet recollections of those going before me, yet I’m humbly reminded how living in a mindset of gratefulness allows each of us to see we have enough…
- happiness to keep us sweet,
- trials to keep us strong,
- sorrows to keep us human,
- hope to keep us JOYful,
- failure to keep us humble,
- success to make us eager,
- family/friends to give us comfort,
- wealth to meet our needs,
- enthusiasm to look for tomorrow,
- faith to banish worry, and
- determination to make each day better than before!
(These specific words were written in Granny B’s penmanship on the back of a Thanksgiving card from 1939; no indication if she wrote them or someone else should have this intellectual credit.)
It’s a struggle some days to feel we have enough; we are human after all. Focusing on the blessings and placing the challenges aside is simple, just not easy. Living in gratefulness and gratitude challenges us to ponder the fact we really do have enough. Again I say, gratefulness is a mindful place–perhaps THE place–we find our truest and best selves.
On Day #28 of our journey: If you created your own “have enough” list to share with those gathered around the table, what would you gratefully include on it?
As we gather and feast at our tables of thankfulness, may we all celebrate the gifts we pass and receive to and from one another with profound gratefulness. Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! 🙂