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Motivation Mondays: Happy Thanksgiving #mondaymotivation

23/11/2015

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” Henry David Thoreau

Motivation Mondays: Happy Thanksgiving - Transcendent Moments of Awe in the Sky #mondaymotivation

Motivation Mondays: Happy Thanksgiving – Transcendent Moments of Awe in the Sky #mondaymotivation

Motivation Mondays: Happy Thanksgiving - Transcendent Moments of Awe in the Sky #mondaymotivation

Motivation Mondays: Happy Thanksgiving – Transcendent Moments of Awe in the Sky & Seasonal Squash #mondaymotivation

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
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. John Milton

What Are You Thankful For? As Thanksgiving Day draws near, it is the simplest things that give me pause and make me thankful for each breath I take. I looked out my living room window yesterday evening and the sky was rich with color. The purple, red and orange/gold hues danced before my eyes and I was swept away to a place of deep joy and gratitude. As we all prepare to enjoy our thanksgiving meals and the coming weekend, let’s not forget these important Thanksgiving Tips: Share our Thanksgiving History/Heritage, Give thanks/Be grateful, Practice food safety, and Gather informative, helpful travel tips. Gratitude is key during this season … and patience too.  I know that we must express our gratitude year round and not wait for one day to do so, however, the point of this special day is to remind us all of what we value most; love, life, friends, family, health, our home, every action that uplifts humanity, our pets, the power of prayer and God’s immutable grace. What do you value most? Add your own list in the comments Stay motivated by all that is good in humanity and share your gratitude!

“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” Frank A. Clark

Motivation Mondays: Happy Thanksgiving - Transcendent Moments of Awe in the Sky #mondaymotivation

Motivation Mondays: Happy Thanksgiving – Transcendent Moments of Awe in the Sky #mondaymotivation

Motivation Mondays: Happy Thanksgiving - Transcendent Moments of Awe in the Sky #mondaymotivation

Motivation Mondays: Happy Thanksgiving – Transcendent Moments of Awe in the Sky #mondaymotivation

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. Henri Frederic Amiel
Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song. Konrad von Gesner

What Insights help you Stay Motivated?  Reading inspiring books and walking in nature help me stay motivated. Both fuel my mind and help me make the necessary shifts that I need  … we all need that. Recently, I read three books that were truly inspiring: Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord, Peace and Plenty: Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity by Sarah Ban Breathnach, and Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock. I invite you to expand your reading material and share.
The hazy photos above gave me something to reflect on. Sometimes, we walk around in a daze, not knowing what to do next or how to handle a challenging situation.  We see everything as if in a fog, and we forget to appreciate the beauty in all things. I’m motivated by the fact that when we choose to see the beauty and the good during hard times, our burdens are lifted … even if so slightly. I’m glad to share that the fog will/does lift and we must stay committed to living our lives with a heart filled with gratitude. I took the photos, above and below, last night and it was such a joy to not delete any of them.

WHAT AM I THANKFUL FOR?
My recipe of thanks will have …
A vat full of love,
Endless cups of life,
Pounds and ounces of friends,
100 ladles of family,
108 tablespoons of health,
1 teaspoon from home,
Sprinkles from everyone,
Bowls of everything that uplifts humanity,
Carefully fold in scoops of our pets,
Mix in the power of prayer and
Add God’s immutable grace…
Stir with gusto and enjoy!
Happy Thanksgiving y’all. from me – Elizabeth & Family

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for October and November are:

10/05 – SMILE – World Smile Day
10/12 – DISCOVER – Columbus Day
10/19 – COMMUNITY – UN Day & Make A Difference Day
10/26 – FEAR – Halloween Day

11/02 – LEGACY/REMEMBRANCE – All Souls/All Saints Day (11/1)
11/09 – HONORING VETERANS – Veteran’s Day (11/11) &
11/16 –  HONORING ALL/OUR CHILDREN – Universal Children’s Day/World Children’s Day (11/20) & Great American Smokeout Day (11/19)
11/23 – GIVING THANKS – Thanksgiving Day! (11/26)
11/30 – REVISIT KINDNESS – World Kindness Day (11/13)

More Below!

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” W. Clement Stone

Motivation Mondays: Happy Thanksgiving - Transcendent Moments of Awe in the Sky #mondaymotivation

Motivation Mondays: Happy Thanksgiving – Transcendent Moments of Awe in the Sky #mondaymotivation

Motivation Mondays: Happy Thanksgiving - Transcendent Moments of Awe in the Sky #mondaymotivation

Motivation Mondays: Happy Thanksgiving – Transcendent Moments of Awe in the Sky #mondaymotivation

Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one’s voice. Joseph B. Wirthlin
To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do. Victor Hugo

How are YOU planning to celebrate Thanksgiving? Are you motivated to try a new dish, exercise, or a new way of celebration?  I don’t know what plans you have for Thursday but, I hope it includes time spent with loved ones… I wish you peace, good cheer and safety! I will spend mine with family and friends and enjoy a good meal.  I hope to catch up on some sleep and maybe watch a movie or two. Here’s sending Happy Thanksgiving wishes to everyone! During this joyful season, please think of our troops, the sick, the destitute, our friends and family who are traveling or are away, and any others who are alone during this time of celebration. Send them a heartfelt message of love and goodwill.
Thank You to my readers, to all of you who stop by to comment or just read this blog, to friends and family online and off, to my fellow bloggers, BlogHer and SITSGirls SITstahs, WordPress staffers and happiness engineers, my social media and Facebook groups friends, friends in various communities, and everyone out there. Let us not forget  to share our good fortune with others… Let us not forget the children and families who have lost lives and loved ones around the world. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Positive Motivation Tip: Giving thanks uplifts both the receiver and the giver. Share your gratitude and thankfulness this season and beyond

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

Badge: – I created a fun badge using PicMonkey’s free photo editing tools. You can create your own, use WordPress’ integrated tool on your blog or you are welcome to use mine. (see dedicated page)
Tag: – Motivation Mondays
Hashtag: – #MotvnM

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: Copyrighted & from my Personal Collection.

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

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66 Comments leave one →
  1. Holly permalink
    25/11/2015 4:19 pm

    What lovely fall photos. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, I hope you spend it with those you cherish most.

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  2. Holly permalink
    25/11/2015 4:19 pm

    What lovely fall photos. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, I hope you spend it with those you cherish most.

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  3. Patty Leonard Woodland permalink
    25/11/2015 5:41 pm

    It’s just me and my husband for Thanksgiving so we are keeping it low key I’m just cooking a chicken. We are having pumpkin pie though….

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  4. Sargas permalink
    25/11/2015 6:38 pm

    wow great pictures vivid colors. happy thanks giving.

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  5. Sargas permalink
    25/11/2015 6:41 pm

    Great blog nice guides, Thanks giving is coming so fast. Cant Wait for December.

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  6. Jonathan Key permalink
    25/11/2015 6:59 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! There’s so much to be thankful for! I’m thankful for my family, work, and friends.

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  7. Jacqui Odell permalink
    25/11/2015 7:10 pm

    These pictures are beautiful! I love this time of the year…beautiful and fun to stay with family.

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  8. Kendra permalink
    25/11/2015 7:43 pm

    I love your recipe of thanks! I am thankful for my family and being able to be with them over the holidays!

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  9. Yvonne Bertoldo permalink
    25/11/2015 8:48 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! We don’t celebrate that here in our country but we know it’s thanksgiving day when there’s a Black Friday Sale. ^^

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  10. phyliciamarie permalink
    25/11/2015 8:56 pm

    We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in the Philippines, so I’ve never experienced the turkey dinner. I do however am thankful for a lot of things, for the gift of family and friends. 🙂

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  11. The Wardrobe Stylist permalink
    25/11/2015 9:14 pm

    These are gorgeous pics! Looking at them is inspiring.

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  12. 25/11/2015 9:31 pm

    One of favourite quotes is, “In all things give thanks,” and that is what I try to do throughout the year not just at thanksgiving.

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  13. Eileen xo permalink
    25/11/2015 9:41 pm

    I love Motivational Mondays, really makes me think of what I am doing and goals for the week

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  14. sheraw permalink
    25/11/2015 10:57 pm

    I am thankful for thoughtful bloggers like yourself.

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  15. Karla permalink
    25/11/2015 10:58 pm

    I have always been thankful for the love I receive from my family and friends and this thanksgiving I will spend my time with them.

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  16. Nicole permalink
    26/11/2015 4:21 am

    We will never run out of things to be thankful of. 🙂 I am thankful for the motivation this blog gives to its readers. Kudos!

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  17. Dannea permalink
    26/11/2015 4:38 am

    What I’m thankful for right now? Visiting here and seeing all these fall colors and words of wisdom. Truly inspiring and I’m more motivated now to go on traveling. Thank you!

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  18. Nicole permalink
    26/11/2015 5:13 am

    “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

    I love this quote. I am actually thinking of the difference between the two. All along I thought they are just synonymous to each other. Lol. But great, I learned something new today 🙂

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  19. connie creatively renewed permalink
    27/11/2015 11:37 am

    Great affirmations! Words to live by.

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  20. Elizabeth Sanders Towns permalink
    27/11/2015 8:27 pm

    There is a lot to consider here. I am grateful at all times, but even much more so at this time of year. Thankfulness opens my heart to sincere gratitude, to humility, to the understanding that I am not above God.

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  21. KiaNaturally permalink
    27/11/2015 8:38 pm

    Thanks for the great motivational quotes! I especially like your perspective on how you sometimes need to look past the fog to appreciate the great things in our lives.

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  22. I Love Paars by: Lee permalink
    28/11/2015 2:44 pm

    Thanksgiving here in the Philippines ia Christmas. We celebrate it for several months. Not juat on the 25th of December

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  23. Jeypi Kyu permalink
    28/11/2015 2:58 pm

    In my country, we do not really celebrate thanksgiving, however, when i worked in the BPO industry, i became aware of this occasion… so every now and then, whenever Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US i would also thanks people around me for all the help they gave to me. having people around you is probably the best thing that i am thankful for. love this post.! thanks for sharing.. 🙂

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