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Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” Henry Van Dyke

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for the changing face of nature and her seasons

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for gatherings on healthy living, service, advocacy and love for others

I’m thankful I grew up the way I did. It made me a hard worker and insightful to other people’s lives. Rachel Roy
I’m thankful for every moment. Al Green
I am most thankful to Almighty Providence for mercies received, and determined still to press the case into public notice as a token of gratitude. William Banting
I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. Woody Allen
I’m thankful to my family, friends, and fans for all of their support. Serena Williams
I’m thankful for serendipitous moments in my life, where things could’ve gone the other way. Rick Springfield

What are we thankful for? In my Thanksgiving post, I shared my recipe for thankfulness and it included the following: love, life, friends, family, health, our home, everyone, everything that uplifts humanity, pets, the power of prayer and God’s immutable grace… For this post, I’m sharing a few collages that represent the breath of life in all things; the changing face of nature and her seasons, the joy of living animal beings – lessons in surrender, the pleasure of food, nourishment and celebrations, gatherings on healthy living, service/love for others, and snippets of friends, family and blogger meetups. As Oprah Winfrey  said in the November issue of O magazine, “I just made gratitude a daily priority. I went through the day looking for things to be grateful for and something always showed up.

Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts. Allen Cohen

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for the joy of living animal beings – lessons in surrender

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for snippets of friends, family and bloggers meetups

I am thankful, of course, for the prize and thankful to God for each story, each idea, each word, each day. Isaac Bashevis Singer
I’m thankful for the incredible advances in medicine that have taken place during my lifetime. I almost certainly wouldn’t still be here if it weren’t for them. Billy Graham
I’m very thankful to be doing what I’m doing. I feel very blessed. Justin Timberlake
I’m thankful for my songs being at the top of the charts but I am human – I think people still have to remember that. Delta Goodrem
I’m very humbled and honored. I’m very thankful to the Asian-American Community for all their support! Jeremy Lin
I’m thankful to get the opportunity to direct. I hope I don’t mess it up. Mark Harmon

I’m thankful for the breath of life in all things… If you noticed, above and below, I have added “I’m thankful for…” quotes from a wide range of people; each is a personal testament of faith and the grace that comes with a grateful heart. We honor whatever we are thankful for through our actions and commitments, so the least we can do is to stay connected to our vision and express our gratitude/thankfulness on a regular basis. Our thankfulness quotient is like a muscle, the more we affirm it, the stronger it becomes.

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine. Thomas Jefferson

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for the pleasure of food, nourishment and celebrations

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for the Gatherings of wise, musical nourishment and celebrations

And I’m so thankful that I’ve been allowed to show another side of Trish. Trish Stratus
I am thankful I can see much to admire in all religions. Alfred Russel Wallace
I’m thankful for not ever taking anything illegal. Pedro Martinez
I’m just really thankful to have the chance to portray a character you don’t see every day. Regina King
I’m thankful for all the things that this job has given me and my family. But probably the thing that I am most proud of throughout my career is that, not only I myself, but my family and the people around me have just been regular people, which we are. Brett Favre
I feel so thankful that I’m able to be a part of something that I love to wake up and run to work every day. Alexander Wang

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. W. Clement Stone This is a great question and response. When we are thankful, we feel lifted and empowered. Our spirit of generosity is also elevated and we give more to those who have little…This holiday season is a great time to practice giving, sharing and helping others. Thank you! More below.

“If you and your children fare well, and your affairs be to your contentment, I give very great thanks to God, having my hope in heaven.” 2 Maccabees 9:20-The Bible

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for snippets of friends, family and bloggers meetups

I’m so happy and thankful I made it a point be a stay-at-home mom. Candace Cameron Bure
I’m so thankful for the active obedience of Christ. No hope without it. John Gresham Machen
I’m thankful to be breathing, on this side of the grass. Whatever comes, comes. Ron Perlman
But I’m very thankful that no one is slamming my head against the wall anymore. Harry Anderson
I’m thankful that I have lived long enough to become a legend, and I hope I deserve it. Ralph Stanley
I’m really thankful and complimented when people come to me and say, thank you for the great times for all these years. But I don’t think about it as being a leader. Bill Kreutzmann

I’m thankful for the breath of life in all things… May your holiday season be rich, productive and abundant with opportunities to give, receive and share… What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on THANKFUL to fit the challenge? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! Have an awesome Thanksgiving weekend! 🙂

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on reading and commenting on your blogs… I’m halfway there. Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I will list some when Zemanta offers them up! I added a few from WP Daily Post below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and Likes from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – THANKFUL – also below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful. Thankful. In the United States, yesterday was Thanksgiving, a holiday where people spend time with family and friends and remember the things they’re thankful for.  I think the idea of being thankful and reflecting back on good things in your life is something that naturally happens towards the end of a calendar year. This year, I’m really thankful for my good health, which affects everything and everyone else in my life! These legs and feet take me everywhere I need to go!  Share a picture which means THANKFUL to you!

Positive Motivation Tip: Count your blessings and name each one with a thankful heart. 🙂

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

95 Comments leave one →
  1. 24/11/2012 6:46 am

    The darker months seem to be perfect for introspection and reflections on life and living. Thank you for this wonder-filled post, Elizabeth. I enjoyed reading it, thinking about each and every quote, and smiling over the photos.

    • 25/11/2012 1:45 am

      TY Marion and your comment made me smile too. 🙂

  2. Goz permalink
    24/11/2012 7:54 am

    Beautiful pictures..stunning collages. Very rich. You are truly blessed!

    • 25/11/2012 1:46 am

      TY Goz and sending hugs to all {{{HUGS}}} 🙂

  3. 24/11/2012 7:54 am

    There’s a lot to be grateful for. But what’s better than a dog in a sweater and a cat in a Target shopping bag? Yup. I’ll be grateful for them right now!

    • 25/11/2012 1:47 am

      Oh that was funny! Pets know how to pull our heartstrings, don’t they? TY! 🙂

  4. 24/11/2012 8:18 am

    thank you, Eliz, for your poster:
    “Thankful for the joy of living animal beings
    – lessons in surrender…”

    • 25/11/2012 1:48 am

      TY Frizztext! I knew your cat would approve. 😉

  5. 24/11/2012 8:39 am

    If our “thankfulness quotient is like a muscle,” I thank you, Eliz, for being my personal trainer. 🙂
    Lots of love in those pictures.

    • 25/11/2012 1:49 am

      You are too kind… We all help each other grow in the blog world. So TY for your part too. 🙂

  6. 24/11/2012 9:41 am

    Great captured, both the photos and the great quotes… 🙂

  7. 24/11/2012 10:07 am

    …the breath of life in all things…your words have been gracefully & beautifully shared in this post…once again, thank you! 😉
    I love Tangy peeking from the gift bag…:)

    • 25/11/2012 1:51 am

      TY Sunshine… It all starts with the breath. 🙂

  8. 24/11/2012 10:43 am

    Beautiful images put together so well. Thanks for sharing.

  9. 24/11/2012 10:44 am

    Fabulous post. Thank you :-).

  10. 24/11/2012 11:02 am

    a nice post and good time to remember our supporters and good things 🙂

  11. 24/11/2012 12:40 pm

    I do like all the different collages of thankfulness! ps Your daughters are especially beautiful, Eliz.

    • 25/11/2012 1:56 am

      Terri I suspected you’d love the collages… TY for the kind comment too! 🙂

  12. 24/11/2012 12:55 pm

    Lovely…Always an awesome job…and well thought out…

  13. 24/11/2012 1:10 pm

    Starting a gratitude journal years ago turned my whole life around. It is so wonderful to celebrate the small things as well as the major things in our lives. I am always grateful for the friends I’ve gained through blogging. Truly a blessing and you are definitely one of them!!

    • 25/11/2012 1:58 am

      I’m grateful for the connection too Barb… TY! 🙂

  14. 24/11/2012 1:50 pm

    I am thankful for the opportunity to touch others on a daily basis.

    • 25/11/2012 1:58 am

      Great response and what a blessing for you! TY! 🙂

  15. 24/11/2012 2:08 pm

    Awesome quotes and photos… 🙂
    I’m thankful for your post Eliz… blessing to you… !!

    • 25/11/2012 1:59 am

      I’m thankful for your presence and for that breath in you too. 🙂

  16. 24/11/2012 4:21 pm

    They look so happy. Have a wonderful day.

  17. 24/11/2012 6:23 pm

    This is so inspiring!

  18. 24/11/2012 9:26 pm

    Thankful for the breath of life in all things…wow! That couldn’t be any more beautiful. I love the photos and the thoughts shared from many wise people. This was very special! oxo

    • 25/11/2012 2:02 am

      TY Debra I’ve been re-reading the quotes of gratitude and each time I imbibe something deep from it…. Glad you did same. 🙂

  19. 24/11/2012 10:02 pm

    Lovely post!

    • 25/11/2012 2:20 am

      TY Granny! Long time no see… Elections are over and I hope to see a post from you soon. Welcoem back! TY! 🙂

  20. 25/11/2012 2:49 am

    What a wonderful post. I am thankful for having you as a blog friend. Simply love your beautiful photos. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. 🙂

    • 25/11/2012 3:44 am

      Thank you too Lisa! The sentiments are mutual. Blessings! 🙂

  21. 25/11/2012 7:37 am

    B.E.A.U.T.F.U.L. 🙂

    • 25/11/2012 7:43 am

      TY Nandini! So glad to see you here. Blessings! 🙂

  22. 25/11/2012 7:58 am

    I love your selction of thankful. Sorry not been around much tis month on last 10,000 owrds of NaNoWrMo. How are you doing?

    • 25/11/2012 8:05 am

      TY PiP! Sending thankful blessings to you too. I haven’t been blogging consistently here because of offline demands so I’m fine. I’m doing fine and I see you are too; we’re almost done and then on to other challenges in life. How’s the family? Love to you and them and keep it up dear as we’re almost there! 🙂
      ¸.•*¨*•.♪♫♫♪Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you! .♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ♥

  23. 25/11/2012 8:40 am

    Lovely indeed! Made me even more thankful for blogging.

  24. 25/11/2012 12:25 pm

    Wonderful Eliz! You have so much to be thankful for! And I saw the picture of us hidden in there too at the SGS! It was such a pleasure to meet you in person. My only regret is that it was so brief! 🙂

    • 25/11/2012 11:37 pm

      Same… Glad we met and shame the lighting messed up our shot.. 😉

  25. 25/11/2012 2:42 pm

    You post such lovely photos!

  26. 25/11/2012 5:14 pm

    Hi. Just want you to know how much I appreciate your blog and that I’ve awarded you with the Inspiring Blog Award
    Feel no obligation to join. The fab new logo and my warmest, sincerest gratitude is yours to keep.^^ xo – kz ^^

    • 25/11/2012 11:38 pm

      Congrats on your award and thanks for including mine to your list! 🙂

  27. 25/11/2012 9:25 pm

    Fabulous post indeed! Very lovely!

    • 25/11/2012 11:38 pm

      TY Aina! Glad to see you here… Have a great week! 🙂

  28. 26/11/2012 2:58 am

    I am thankful for your collage posts. I always enjoy them 🙂

  29. 26/11/2012 5:03 am

    Thankful for your visit to my blog;-)And also for every breath. I told my Sunday School kids to hold their breath when they can’t think of anything to be thankful for…they’ll build up thankfulness real quick.

    • 03/12/2012 11:49 pm

      What a brilliant idea… It makes the idea of gratitude/thankfulness real… and concrete. TY! 🙂

  30. 26/11/2012 6:08 am

    Simply beautiful ♥ have a magical week. thanks for stopping by

    • 03/12/2012 11:50 pm

      TY for checking in and blessings to you too. 🙂

  31. 26/11/2012 9:50 am

    Thank you for what you do, for spreading mirth and motivations…and a whole lot of smiles, and for putting together the collages and great visuals. With gratitude, Jane

    • 03/12/2012 11:50 pm

      TY you too Jane for your kind and gracious spirit… 🙂

  32. 26/11/2012 11:11 am

    After reading some articles in the news about America and the craze over Black Friday sales, this is a refreshing post to remind all to just be thankful for what they DO have in their lives.

    • 03/12/2012 11:51 pm

      TY Frances… the black Friday madness saddens me too. 🙁

  33. 26/11/2012 11:37 am

    Lovely range of shots!

  34. 26/11/2012 2:19 pm

    What a happy post! It just feels so good to be around good. Thank you for being part of that good! 🙂

    • 03/12/2012 11:52 pm

      TY for your feedback…. Good does beget good and vise versa… I believe. 🙂

  35. 26/11/2012 3:11 pm

    Very Stunning images my friend ,Thanks for sharing I love it 🙂

    • 03/12/2012 11:53 pm

      TY so much Jake… I appreciate your feedback! 🙂

  36. 26/11/2012 10:48 pm

    Thank you for sharing your amazing world full of laughter, optimism, joy, hope and yes, generous friendship.

    • 04/12/2012 12:01 am

      TY for your uplifting and inspired blog and support. 🙂

  37. 27/11/2012 1:27 pm

    What a beautiful post! It is clear that you have much to be thankful for!

    • 04/12/2012 12:01 am

      TY Naomi! Even with the struggles, I am grateful for the good. 😉

  38. 27/11/2012 7:00 pm

    Beautiful photos.

  39. 28/11/2012 8:44 am

    Beautiful photos, Elizabeth. Indeed, we have to be thankful and I am thanful for everything in my life, the good and the not so good. To God be the Glory.

    • 04/12/2012 12:04 am

      TY Cee! Same here. Hope you are holding up well… Thinking of you!

  40. Bree permalink
    28/11/2012 11:25 am

    This is moving in many, many ways. I’m thankful to have connected with you and your blog. I’m thankful for all the good in my life and in the world. Your family is happy and warm and your collages are vibrant and inspiring. What a blessing! Thankful.

    • 04/12/2012 12:05 am

      TY for your kind words… I am grateful for the connections too. 🙂

  41. Bree permalink
    28/11/2012 11:46 am

    Just curious. Is that you in white in a photo with Louise Hay? Is that also you with a headscarf, sitting with Sade Baderinwa? All of your photos are uplifting and I applaud your joy as I know you’ve had your share of challenges. Blessings for the holidays to you and your family and to all!

    • 04/12/2012 12:09 am

      Yes to both questions. I took my Louise shot at an I Can Do It conference in Las Vegas. I took the Sade shot at the Weekend with Oprah event in NY two years ago. Blessings to you and yours too. TY! 🙂

  42. 06/12/2012 10:25 pm

    ‘I’m thankful for breathing – on this side of the grass’, I’m thankful for laughter except when milk comes out of my nose’!!! just hilarious Elizabeth I nearly had tea out my nose reading this. Another amazing eof post, thanks my dear.
    An your daughters are totally lovely – but how could they be anything else with those genes? I bet they are beautiful through and through.

    • 14/12/2012 2:22 am

      TY Gilly! I had a good laugh reading some of the quotes too… I appreciate your feedback and my daughters thank you! They are beautiful souls and I’m honored to be their mom. Thanks again! 🙂

  43. Shannon Graham permalink
    27/07/2017 8:24 pm

    There are so many things to be thankful for. I love how you incorporated just about everything though with a few laughs thrown in.


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