The holiday season is upon us, and it brings with it all the busyness and anxiety of meals to prepare, family and friends to entertain, shopping to accomplish and more. In the midst of all this, be sure to take some time to look around at all you have. If you’re anything like me, you’ll realize it’s much more than you need. Too often we get caught up in what we don’t have or what we want to have that we miss so many of the blessings surrounding us. See if you can name some things you’re thankful for and share that with others. Take a few of these quotes with you this season, and maybe we can all remember to be a little more grateful for all we’ve been blessed with.
“We are no longer impressed by the miracle of modern agriculture, affordable electricity, air-conditioning, smooth roads, suspension bridges, winged-flight, or any number of other things that used to unite us with a shared sense of wonder. This is why we blame the plumber for charging us ‘too much.’ We resent him, precisely because we need him.”
“The people we rely upon most are the same people we most often take for granted.”
“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”
-Alfred North Whitehead
“A grateful heart sees each day as a gift. Thankful people focus less on what they lack and more on the privileges they have.”
“The grateful heart is like a magnet sweeping over the day, collecting reasons for gratitude.”
“Gratitude gets us through the hard stuff. To reflect on your blessings is to rehearse God’s accomplishments. To rehearse God’s accomplishments is to discover his heart. To discover his heart is to discover not just good gifts but the Good Giver. Gratitude always leaves us looking at God and away from dread. It does to anxiety what the morning sun does to valley mist. It burns it up.”
We are thankful for all of you and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!