I’m the happy host of Thanksgiving dinner this year. I have thankfully taken over this holiday and hope to continue to host for years to come. I love the possibility of turning the actual tradition and legacy of this bloody, depressing holiday on it’s ear and giving it a renewed, hopeful boost. I aim to make it all about being thankful and showing gratitude and all but ignore the real reason for the holiday. My kids will learn about that in school. At my thanksgiving table we will celebrate each other and the things we are thankful for while we fill ourselves with delicious food that we are grateful to be eating.
As I decorated my table for 17 with flowers and candles and such, I realized something was missing. So, I gathered several of my favorite gratitude quotes and printed them on nice paper and carefully placed them around the table. As I placed them, I realized that the quotes told a story. So here they are, and here is the story they have to tell. Some I was able to attribute to people and some have just been tossed around for so long that I’m not sure who originally said them, but all ring true and all bear repeating. And for all of this, I am grateful…
Start each day with a grateful heart.
I try to be grateful for the abundance of the blessings that I have, for the journey that I’m on and to relish each day as a gift. ~James McGreevey
Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.
Someone else is happy with less than what you have.
The root of joy is gratefulness. ~David Steindl-Rast
The happiest people do not have the best of everything, they make the best of everything they have.
Gratitude turns what we have into enough. ~Melody Beattie
It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.
Gratitude unlocks the fulfillment of life. ~Melody Beattie
Gratitude is the moral memory of mankind. ~George Simmel
What are you grateful for today?