Happy Thanksgiving – Focus on Gratitude

To all those who celebrated today,

I hope you had a …

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Even when it’s not a holiday like Thanksgiving, it’s important to practice giving thanks and to focus on gratitude. On my other blog, Words of Encouragement, I have been running a “Gratitude Challenge” all month. I’ve been discussing my daily posts of gratitude, and have encouraged others all month to do the same, whether in their own blogs, on Facebook, journals, or other ways.

So since this is now Thanksgiving evening, here are several quotes from the Quote Garden to help you continue to develop a practice of giving thanks and to focus on gratitude as you head into the end of this month, onto the Christmas holiday season, and into the new year.


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


Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.” ~J. Robert Moskin


Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year — and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.” ~Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)


To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” ~Johannes A. Gaertner


A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” ~Cicero


Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.’ ~Seneca


None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” ~Fred De Witt Van Amburgh


Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William Arthur Ward


Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness.” ~Robert Casper Lintner


O Infinite Father, I’m grateful to Thee
For the moon and the stars and deep rolling sea;
For beauties of nature, where e’er they may be…
For the handclasp of friends, so firm and so true;
For sunrise and sunset and glistening dew;
The fleecy white clouds and the Heavens, so blue;
For these wonderful gifts, dear Lord, I thank you!
~Gertrude T. Buckingham, “My Song of Thanksgiving”


So what about YOU?

Did you celebrate Thanksgiving today? (If so, I hope you had a nice day!)

Do you agree it’s a good idea to practice giving thanks and to focus on gratitude?

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