This is a shout out to many of our readers and friends -- who will be at home in greater Schroon and beyond this year -- many warmed by their fireplaces or pot belly stoves (and the love of their families) , as their kitchens produce some amazing Thanksgiving table treats.
It's our favorite holiday by far -- one which doesn't involve the pressure of gift giving -- but provides the opportunity of a simply phrase: giving thanks for all we have: our family, God's Blessings, what we have worked hard for and what we hope the future brings.
This year especially we will pray -- with our hearts filled -- a wish for world peace, a better understanding of each other and the new world we live in.
A friend forwarded us the following. Enjoy.
Gratitude quote #1: “When you drink the water, remember the well.” – Chinese proverb
Gratitude quote #2: “When I started counting my blessings; my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson
Gratitude quote #3: “Make yourself a blessing to someone. Your kind smile or pat on the back just might pull someone back from the edge.” – Carmelia Elliott
Gratitude quote #4: “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Ward
Gratitude quote #5: “Happiness is gratitude doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton
Gratitude quote #6: “Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.” – Betty Smith
Gratitude quote #7: Gratitude quote #5: “As we express our gratitude, may we never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
Gratitude quote #8: “God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘Thank you?'” – William Arthur Ward
Gratitude quote #9: “I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping green spirits of trees, for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” – e. e. cummings
Gratitude quote #10: “When the eye wakes up to see again, it suddenly stops taking anything for granted.” – Frederick Franck
Gratitude quote #11: “When you give and carry out acts of kindness you get a wonderful feeling. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, ‘Yes, this is how I ought to feel.’” – Rabbi Harold Kushner
Gratitude quote #12: “One of the very first things I figured out about life is that it’s better to be a grateful person than a grumpy one, because you have to live in the same world either way, and if you’re grateful, you have more fun.” —Barbara Kingsolver
Gratitude quote #13: “Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough.” -Garrison Keillor
Gratitude quote #14: “What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” – Colette
Gratitude quote #15: “Unless people like you care a whole lot, things aren’t going to get better, they’re not!” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Gratitude quote #16: “Tell me to what you pay attention, and I will tell you who you are.” – Jose Ortega y Gasset
Gratitude quote #17: “What if you gave someone a gift and they didn’t thank you for it. Would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. If you want to attract more blessings, you must appreciate the ones you already have.” – Ralph Marston
Gratitude quote #18: “I didn’t realize all that was going on and never noticed. Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you.” – Emily in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town
Gratitude quote #19: “You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before I open a book, and before sketching, painting, swimming, walking, playing, dancing and before I dip the pen in the ink.” – G. K Chesterton
Gratitude quote #20: “Normal day, let me aware of the treasure you are. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may; for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth . . . or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.” – Mary Jean Iron