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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


Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life. Rumi
Be thankful for what you have. Your life is someone else’s fairy tale. Wale Ayeni
It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy. Unknown
It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful. David Steindl-Rast
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue but the parent of all other virtues. Marcus Tullius Cicero
We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction. H.A. Ironside
Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift. Mary Oliver
Gratitude is a divine emotion: It fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever. Charlotte Brontë
Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust
At some point in life, the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough. Toni Morrison
What I love about Thanksgiving is that it’s purely about getting together with friends or family and enjoying food. It’s really for everybody, and it doesn’t matter where you’re from. Daniel Humm

HAPPY THANKSGIVING: On November 26, we will celebrate our very first pandemic thanksgiving, and most of us will observe the rules of social distancing, gathering with only our closest family, and having smaller/quieter meals. We live in unprecedented times, the world is being ravaged by the scourge of Covid-19 – the Coronavirus that reared its ugly head in late 2019 and continues to decimate communities around the globe. While so many of us are grateful for life and the chance to share a meal with our nearest and dearest family, we must all remember to send our prayers, virtual hugs, and well wishes to all who lost loved ones this year. It’s going to be an extraordinarily tough year for so many folks and our support and compassion will go a long way.

Typically, this season is a heightened time of anxiety and stress for people as we juggle gathering with family and friends and trying to figure out who to stay away from or how to complete work-related tasks. This year is different because we won’t be gathering with everyone but the stress and anxiety remain for a slew of reasons that include whether to celebrate at all, and how to handle financial, health, and social distancing concerns. My advice is to keep it simple. Spend more time in a spirit of gratitude and consider offering donations to those in need.

READ: Motivation Mondays: GIVING THANKS
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10 Tips: Cultivating An Attitude Of Gratitude & Thanksgiving

Be Thankful by Anonymous via discoverpoetry
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

The Pilgrims Came by Annette Wynne
The Pilgrims came across the sea,
And never thought of you and me;
And yet it’s very strange the way
We think of them Thanksgiving Day.
We tell their story old and true
Of how they sailed across the blue,
And found a new land to be free
And built their homes quite near the sea.
Every child knows well the tale
Of how they bravely turned the sail,
And journeyed many a day and night,
To worship God as they thought right.
The people think that they were sad,
And grave; I’m sure that they were glad—
They made Thanksgiving Day—that’s fun—
We thank the Pilgrims, everyone!

Thanksgiving Deferred by Anonymous
I bless Thee, Lord, who hast restored my sight;
Where were my thanks through all my years of light?
Thou liftest me again; Thy praise I tell;
Where was my gratitude before I fell?
Thou healest me; glad thanks to Thee belong;
Alas, my thankless heart when I was strong!
My fetters Thou dost loose; all praise to Thee!
And yet I praised Thee not when I was free.
I bless Thee, who dost all my ills remove;
But ah, when all was well, where was my love?

Thanksgiving by William Stanley Braithwaite
My heart gives thanks for many things;
For strength to labor day by day,
For sleep that comes when darkness wings
With evening up the eastern way.
I give deep thanks that I’m at peace
With kith and kin and neighbors, too —
Dear Lord, for all last year’s increase,
That helped me strive and hope and do.
My heart gives thanks for many things;
I know not how to name them all.
My soul is free from frets and stings,
My mind from creed and doctrine’s thrall.
For sun and stars, for flowers and streams,
For work and hope and rest and play —
For empty moments given to dreams,
For these, my heart gives thanks to-day.

“Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have.” Catherine Pulsifer


‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. Alice Walker
Be present in all things and thankful for all things. Maya Angelou
I love Thanksgiving because it’s a holiday that is centered around food and family. Marcus Samuelsson
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. Robert Brault
He who thanks but with the lips thanks but in part; the full, the true Thanksgiving comes from the heart. J.A. Shedd
For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile. Elie Wiesel
Hello, sun in my face. Hello, you who made the morning and spread it over the fields. Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness. Mary Oliver
Even in the trials of life, if we have eyes to see them, we can find good things everywhere we look. Joanna Gaines
Look at the sky: That is for you. Look at each person’s face as you pass them on the street: Those faces are for you. Miranda July
Thanksgiving day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. E.P. Powell
I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, but it hasn’t changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I’m just wearing better shoes. Oprah Winfrey

HOW DO YOU PLAN TO CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING? This year, I won’t have my usual Thanksgiving gathering with my family because we are scattered across the NorthEast, and social distancing and safety precautions dictate that we keep it simple until the vaccine is distributed and the coast is clear. We will chat by phone or Zoom, send virtual blessings to each other and keep our fingers crossed and hearts ready for a Christmas get-together instead. I won’t be able to volunteer to serve at a food pantry, soup kitchens, or shelter either because of the pandemic so, I made a donation instead at my local Stop and Shop so food can be delivered to families in need. There are other ways we can help as many charities like Feeding America, America’s Food Fund, God’s Love We Deliver,  our local charities, and even more, you can find through Charity Navigator, need our support this season.

On Thanksgiving Day, I will share a meal with one of my kids who has been home with me since April. We decided to order Chef Chloe Coscarelli’s Vegan Meal for 2 from Whole Foods. The menu is quite tasty and includes an impressive serving of the following foods: Cremini Mushroom Roast Loaf, Mushroom Gravy, Miso Creamed Greens, Coconut Sweet Potato Casserole, Jalapeño Cornbread Dressing, and Pumpkin Curry Soup. For dessert, we will give the Scarlett Pie a try and wash it down with sparkling water. No alcohol here. No turkey either. I know… it’s really okay. We will share a few stories, give lots of thanks for our meal, and maybe watch a movie. The TWO operative words for this season are GRATITUDE and SIMPLICITY. What about you? What would you do differently?

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How to Observe Thanksgiving by Anonymous
Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

Thanksgiving by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
We walk on starry fields of white
And do not see the daisies;
For blessings common in our sight
We rarely offer praises.
We sigh for some supreme delight
To crown our lives with splendor,
And quite ignore our daily store
Of pleasures sweet and tender.

Our cares are bold and push their way
Upon our thought and feeling.
They hang about us all the day,
Our time from pleasure stealing.
So unobtrusive many a joy
We pass by and forget it,
But worry strives to own our lives
And conquers if we let it.

There’s not a day in all the year
But holds some hidden pleasure,
And looking back, joys oft appear
To brim the past’s wide measure.

But blessings are like friends, I hold,
Who love and labor near us.
We ought to raise our notes of praise
While living hearts can hear us.

Full many a blessing wears the guise
Of worry or of trouble.
Farseeing is the soul and wise
Who knows the mask is double.
But he who has the faith and strength
To thank his God for sorrow
Has found a joy without alloy
To gladden every morrow.

We ought to make the moments notes
Of happy, glad Thanksgiving;
The hours and days a silent phrase
Of music, we are living.
And so the theme should swell and grow
As weeks and months pass o’er us,
And rise sublime at this good time,
A grand Thanksgiving chorus.

Be Glad and Thankful by Anonymous
Little children, are you tempted,
Sometimes, to be cross and fret,
Just because you cannot always
Have your selfish wishes met?
Did you ever for a moment,
Think how very rich you are,
In that little hand so clever,
Full of grace and beauty rare?
Close those eyes so full of sunshine;
Let them never see the light;
Grope your way here ever after;
Let your life be one long night.
Or let sickness touch your body;
Lay you on a bed of pain;
Bid those little feet so active,
Never run and play again.
Now, dear children, tell me truly,
For your hands, or eyes, or health,
Shall I give you gold or silver,
Till you are increased in wealth?
Shall it be ten million dollars,
In your coffers, I will pay,
And from out this three-fold blessing,
You will give one strand away?
O, no, no! not for one moment,
Would you hesitate to choose;
You would quickly spurn my offer
Rather than these blessings lose.
Learn then to be glad and thankful,
And with all things be content;
For behind each little trial
Is a needful lesson sent.

A Thanksgiving Alphabet by Anonymous
T…Turkeys, table spreads, being together,
H…Happiness, and homes to protect us from all-weather,
A…Aunts and uncles, a reunion in Fall,
N…Nieces and nephews, family members all!
K…Kind-hearted kin coming over for dinner,
S…Surely you’ll have fun, but you won’t get thinner!
G…Gourds and pumpkins, mouths open wide.
I…Indians and Pilgrims we remember with pride.
V…Very special times-there could even be snow.
I…Imagine what it was like at Plymouth long ago.
N…Never forget how the settlers led the way,
G…Giving thanks and blessing this special day.

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. Oprah Winfrey
Thanksgiving was never mean to be shut up in a single day. Robert Caspar Lintner
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. Henry David Thoreau
An attitude of gratitude goes a long way when it comes to physical and emotional healing. Jill Bolte Taylor
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving. W.T. Purkiser
Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. Margaret Cousins
Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Ralph Marston
When you recognize that you will thrive not in spite of your losses and sorrows but because of them… the word for that is healing. Cheryl Strayed
Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good. Maya Angelou



The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for OCT – NOV 2020 are:


10/01 – 01 Nigeria Independence, 01 National Poetry Day, 02 World Smile Day
10/04 – 05 World Teacher Day, 10/10 World Mental Health Day
10/11 – 11 International Day of the Girl, 12 Columbus Day, 16 World Food Day, 17 International Day for Eradication of Poverty
10/18 – 21 World Mission Day, 20 World Stats Day, 24 United Nations Day
10/25 – 26 National Pumpkin Day, 31 Halloween
National Breast Cancer Awareness, National Domestic Violence Awareness, National Disability Employment Awareness, National Energy Awareness Month, National Substance Abuse Prevention, National Cybersecurity Awareness


11/01 – 01 All Saints Day, Daylight Savings Ends, 02 All Soul’s Day, 03 Election Day, 05 Guy Fawkes
11/08 – 08 National STEM Day, 10 Science Day for Peace & Development, 11 Veterans Day, 13 World Kindness Day
11/15 – 15 National Philanthropy Day, 16 20 Universal Children’s Day
11/22 – 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 26 Thanksgiving Day, 27 Black Friday
11/29 – 30 Cyber Monday
National Diabetes Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, National Adoption Month, National Native American Heritage, Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, National Veterans and Military Families, National Family Caregivers, National American History and Founders Month



“Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.” Joyce Giraud


No one has ever become poor by giving. Anne Frank
An attitude of gratitude brings great things. Yogi Bhajan
Thanksgiving is a joyous invitation to shower the world with love and gratitude. Amy Leigh Mercree
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. Melody Beattie
Recognizing and leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability teaches us how to live with joy. Brené Brown
Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is. Ernest Hemingway
Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other. Randy Pausch
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
Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. Charles Dickens
What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? Erma Bombeck


WHAT ARE YOU MOST THANKFUL FOR? As Thanksgiving Day draws near, I am reminded to express joy for the daily gifts and simplest things that make me thankful for each breath I take. I look around me and see the sparkle in people’s eyes and the hopefulness shared by many for this season. We are still in a global pandemic and there is a lingering sense of instability. It is imperative that we appreciate our daily gifts and name them with a grateful heart. As nature sheds the remnants of the summer and settles down into hibernation for winter, I am struck by the beautiful hues of purple, red, brown, and orange/gold pulling me in. For a moment, I am transported to a place of deep joy and gratitude. Again, as we all prepare to enjoy our thanksgiving meals, let’s not forget these important Thanksgiving Tips: Share our Thanksgiving History/Heritage, Give thanks/Be grateful, Practice food safety, and Gather informative and Covid-19 safe travel tips. Thanksgiving and Gratitude are key themes this season. We can add Simplicity and Compassion too.
What Gifts Do You Value Most? While I know that gratitude and thanksgiving are year-round qualities, however, the point of this special day is to remind us all of what we value most. I value The gift of life, the gift of gratitude, the gift of health, the gift of time and memories, the gift of love, the gift of speech, the gift of family, friends, and people we meet, the gift of faith & food, the gift of a sound mind, the gift of writing, the gift of choice, the gift of community & service, and the gift of God’s immutable grace.  Add your own list in the comments. This season, let’s stay motivated by all that is good in humanity and share our gratitude!

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Thanksgiving Is…. by Anonymous
Thanksgiving is
A time of gratitude to God, our Creator, and Provider,
Whose guidance and care go before us.
And whose love is with us forever.
Thanksgiving is
A time to reflect on the changes,
To remember that we, too, grow and change
From one season of life to another.
Thanksgiving is
A time of changing seasons,
When leaves turn golden
In Autumn’s wake and apples are crisp
In the first chill breezes of fall.
Let us remember the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
As we see the beauty of Autumn,
Let us acknowledge the many blessings which are ours…
Let us think of our families and friends
And let us give thanks in our hearts.

Giving Thanks by Anonymous
For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped,
For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped,
For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,
For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home —
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!
For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,
For the cunning and strength of the workingman’s hand,
For the good that our artists and poets have taught,
For the friendship that hope and affection have brought —
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!
For the homes that with purest affection are blest,
For the season of plenty and well-deserved rest,
For our country extending from sea unto sea;
The land that is known as the “Land of the Free” —
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving by Kate Louise Wheeler
Not because Thou givest me
Life from care and sorrow free
Do I thank Thee, Lord, to-day;
But because in life’s dark hour,
Thou hast given peace and power
To sustain me on the way.
Not for gift of wealth or fame.
Do I praise Thy kingly name
Kneeling now with grateful heart;
But for home, for friends, and health,—
Greater gifts than fame or wealth,
Blessings of my life a part.
Not because the earth is bright
With a wealth of joy and light
Do I thank Thee, Lord Divine;
But because in Home above
Life eternal speaks Thy love
And the hope of Heaven is mine.

A Thanksgiving Litany by Anonymous
Lord, all my litany
Mingled with praise must be;
All my thanksgivings rise
Joined with remorseful cries,—
My sin so mocks Thy name,
Thy grace so mends my shame.
Lord, for the angry word
(That only Thou hast heard):
Lord, for the wish to sin
(That wish alone has been),—
I pray Thee, pardon me:
(I offer thank to Thee!)
Lord, for the baneful creed
(That has not passed to deed);
Lord, for the, acted wrong
(Fought by a conscience strong),—
I pray Thee, pardon me;
(I offer thanks to Thee!)
Lord, for the stinging hiss
(That shamed itself to a kiss);
Lord, for the tasks, undone
(That spur Thy workman on),—
I pray Thee, pardon me;
(I offer thanks to Thee!)
Yes, for my heart of sin
Thy grace is strong to win;
Yes, Lord, for all the woe
Wherein Thy mercies glow,—
I offer thanks to Thee,
And pray Thee, pardon me!

Thanksgiving Time by Anonymous
When all the leaves are off the boughs,
And nuts and apples gathered in,
And cornstalks waiting for the cows,
And pumpkins safe in barn and bin,
Then Mother says, “My children dear,
The fields are brown, and autumn flies;
Thanksgiving Day is very near,
And we must make thanksgiving pies!”
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  • The holidays will definitely be different this year. We did a very small “Friendsgiving” last weekend with only two families that we see often because of school and scouts. But it’s stopped us from seeing some of the friends we would normally see, so a bit of motivation and positivity is needed this year.

    • We kept it super small here. Better safe than sorry was our motto. Next year will be better for everyone. Amen!

  • I never realized the difference between gratitude and thankfulness. What a beautiful post

  • These made me tear up. Thanksgiving truly means something different this year. Thankful for everything I have and more.

  • Always express gratefulness in life & wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving day, stay safe wherever you are 😀

  • These are lovely poems that you shared. Be Glad and Thankful is my favorite. It really hits on what Thanksgiving is all about.

  • I really liked this one. These poems are great messages about remembering what the holiday is really all about.

  • You always have such beautiful poems on your posts no matter what the topic is. I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving weekend!

  • There are a lot of beautiful poems here that I’ve never heard or read before, it is neat to see so many of them about Thanksgiving.

  • Wow! So much emotion on this page! I agree, Thanksgiving is going to be very different this year, but there are even more reasons to be thankful. Our eyes have been opened to just how great we have it and how much worse it could be. I am thankful to be an American with the freedoms I hold, grateful to be able to spend time with family, and truly blessed to be able to have food on my table. Praying for all those who have been devastated by the virus.

    I will definitely be reading some of these poems at our Thanksgiving this year. Thank you for taking the time to compile this great resource!

  • It’s so important to remember the things we are thankful for. I think that has been a challenge for all of us this year.

  • This Thanksgiving season has been eye opening. I have been reflecting on this past year and was amazed to find the slivers of good even in the bad times. I have been thanking God for the trials as I watch Him working through me.

  • Wow! These are amazing poems and quotes. Especially the the feeling of gratitude is really a great feeling to have and experienced.

  • This is a wonderful compilation! ill have to bring a few of these to thanksgiving dinner and share them with my family

  • Wishing you and your family an incredible Thanksgiving long weekend! Enjoy the time spent together.

  • I love all of these poems! This year, my grandma isn’t have Thanksgiving lunch as usual, but we are still having dinner with my mom and brother’s family because we see them on a regular bases anyway.

  • On November 26, we will celebrate our very first pandemic thanksgiving and I fear it’s not gonna be the last one. People turned insane.

  • This is so true. Thanksgiving will be so different this year but we have to be grateful for our health and family.

  • I love reading your collection of words and poems. I am sure to find one that speaks to me – on this post, the very first of Rumi – ‘Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life’

  • This is a great collection for Thanksgiving. I like thinking of the things that make me smile during the holiday season as it’s a tough one since we lost my beloved uncle this time a few years back.

    • I hear you. The holidays can be tough especially when we mourn a loved one So I get your comment. Hugs to all

  • It is truly a season to be thankful. 2020 has come with a lot of it’s own baggage but I believe despite everything, we have been able to adapt and make it through the year and for that I am thankful. I love how you included the Thanksgiving Alphabet by Anonymous- Sometimes I even forget the historical traditions behind thanksgiving. This is an excellent reminder. Thank you!

  • your posts and poem are so thought provoking. I love them, hope you have a great thanksgiving!

  • I am thankful for the nice compilation of poems and quotes indeed this year has been challenging but nonetheless I am thankful.

  • I really liked Catherine Pulsifer’s quote. We should be thankful each and every day- Gratitude is very powerful. This is such a beautiful post on gratitude.

  • Your page truly lives up to it name with the motivation. Wow these are great thanksgiving quotes and I can use them beyond the holidays.

  • “Steindl-Rast
    A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue but the parent of all other virtues”. This particular quote is living rent-free in me, from now on!

  • I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in my country, but I know a lot about it and love the idea of taking a day and a moment to express gratitude.

  • Gratitude is definitely the key theme of the season! Thanks for these wonderful poems to remind us of that!

  • I love these poems! Thanksgiving is not something we celebrate here in the UK but I always love the idea of thinking about what you are thankful for <3

  • There are so many things to be thankful for, even in these stressful times. Thanks for the reminders!

  • I must admit that this years it’s a bit difficult to give thanks. It has been such a difficult year without any joy or fun. On the other hand, I’m healthy, have enough financial means – so yes, I can relate to some of those wonderful quotes 😉

  • absolutely wonderful poem! so inspiring and so very kinds. very proper for the season!

  • These are some interesting quotes and poems. I particularly loved this:
    “Be thankful for what you have. Your life is someone else’s fairy tale.” Wale Ayeni
    He’s absolutely right.

  • These are some wonderful poems! I love poems like this that are so centered around the holidays!

  • Very inspirational. My favourite is the one by anonymous that tells to count our blessing, rather our losses (that was my take on the poem). It’s like an outline for a gratitude list.

  • Such a beautiful poetry. Love this line “A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
    are also thankful for the setbacks.”

  • I hope everyone respects the social distancing rule to stay safe. Although we can’t be with our family, enjoy this smaller less stressful Thanksgiving day.

  • I think that anyone who is still alive, has work, able to eat 3x a day these days should be grateful. It is a miracle we have all survived this long.

  • Simply beautiful! These poems are amazing. I loved How to Observe Thanksgiving.

  • I love these Thanksgiving poems and quotes. They provide great inspiration to remember and be thankful for all the good things in our lives.

  • I’m not sure if Australian also have a Thanksgiving Day (I must check!), and the Filipinos doesn’t have it as well, but I wouldn’t mind adding another traditions! Your poems are truly inspiring.

  • Happy thanksgiving to you all. Despite the pandemic, we still have so many things to be thankful for.

  • This Thanksgiving is truly different. It is the time to be grateful for being there, and also a word of thanks to all the nameless people striving hard in the pandemic.

  • These are beautiful thanksgiving quotes and poems. Happy thanksgiving to you and your family!

  • Oh wow I love this what a motivational and inspiring post right in time. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family x

  • Wonderful read! I’m most thankful for our health as a family. People are dying all around the world. Wishing for a better Thanksgiving next year🙏

  • I have found that it is always good to show gratitude in all things and all situations. That is where you get real happiness and satissfaction.

  • I really love those quotes – especially the one about the dark box – have a happy thanksgiving 🙂

  • Such an interesting collection of quotes and poems. I had read a few of these before but many are new to me and really made me think about Thanksgiving and all that I am thankful for.

  • This year has been a tough one, but it’s always important to find things to be thankful for.

  • Life’s unexpected stresses big and small can make us forget that there is much for which to be thankful. Great motivation.

  • What a beautiful collection of words that reinforce the power of gratitude. Wishing you a blessed holiday season!

  • Even though I am Scouse (acutally British) I would like to say happy Thanksgiving and stay safe!

    In these tought time there are always reasons to be thankful and give thanks such as family, help and happiness and plenty more!

  • This is such a great post. I think it’s so important to remember to be thankful for what really matters in our lives – our family and friends.

  • I am making it a priority to show my gratitude to those around me more than just thanksgiving. Handmade letters with little knick-knacks I think they would like.

  • This year, more than any that I can remember, is the perfect year to read these poems at your Thanksgiving dinner. A few are even appropriate for this year’s Christmas dinner. Thanks for sharing!

  • Being grateful doesn’t cost us anything, but we gain so much if we are grateful. We feel grateful for blessings, even for mistakes coz mistakes gives us opportunity to be better.

  • We should be thankful for all the blessings that we got. It is a very tough year but there are still opportunities coming in. Be thankful still.

  • Yes, I totally agree. Compassion is much needed at this time. While the effects of the pandemic may not be as hard on some of us, there are plenty who suffer .

  • I always read these motivational posts in one go, especially when linked to an event or holiday.

  • I never understood the meaning behind thanksgiving until discovering this post. Reciting poetry can definitely make the day feel more wholesome and you have shared some sweet ones.

  • Beautiful peom and I agree with you that we should be thankful not only in the day of Thanksgiving but everyday. Nice reminder, thank you!

  • You always share heart-warming poems and quotes that inspire us so much ❤️Hope we celebrate Thanksgiving happily with our friends and family (and not virtually) next year 🙂

  • Thanksgiving is a wonderful celebration. I love all these facts. Thanks for sharing.

  • Great motivation and self reminder for me for what I have this year and thanks for that.

  • happy thanksgiving day to my parents and sisters there in florida,usa….we are gratefull to all the assistance that you gave us during this pandemic.hoping for safe, prosperous way of life.

  • Your posts are so motivating..
    These show the most difficult things through some easy words..
    Your perspective of life is incredible..
    Thanks for the post👍

  • These are all great poems and all! Might be a little late but hope you enjoyed your thanksgiving with family and loved ones!

  • We don’t celebrate thanksgiving here in my place but reading posts and seeing people share how they celebrate thanksgiving is so nice. There is so much to be thankful for inspite of what is happening around.

  • I love this. LIfe can be hard sometimes, but this time of year is when we can really remember just what we have and how lucky we are to have it.

  • I love that you have a Charlotte Bronte quote here. She is one of my faves. Thanksgiving is important, always, but I’m glad we have a day to remind us to clearly.

  • Reading your article after a long time. Loved the poems and quotes, very inspiring and motivating.

  • I think most peoples thanksgiving will be different this year. Let’s hope you can meet up with family and enjoy spending time with them next year.

  • Great motivation and self-reminder for me for what I have this year. Be thankful that I still survive. I am so blessing.

  • I love all these poems. I believe there is always a reason to give thanks, to show appreciation.

  • I really like the thought behind “Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?” Every day is the new beginning!

  • I will forever be thankful for God’s mercy. That yes, I’m a sinner, but He loved me. Happy thanksgiving, Elizabeth!

  • I love your wise quotes and poems. I agreed that when we are thankful for even setbacks then life mystically changes to richness and fulfillments.

  • We had such a great Thanksgiving. It wasn’t big. It was remote, in fact, but the quotes and poems here perfectly describe why that was totally okay. Love this.

  • wonderful poems! so inspiring and so kind. perfect fr the occasion. I wish we had thanksgiving here, it is a wonderful theme for a special day

  • aww these are lovely quotes , altough we dont celebrate Thanksgiving where i am from , but neverless it was lovely to read them all – Pati ROBINS

  • I’m not an American so I don’t quite “get” the spirit of Thanksgiving. But it seems like a fun holiday where people and families genuinely get together to celebrate and be with each other. I love it,

    • Hi, here I am again. I loved your Thanksgiving quotes so much that I had to go back and read some more.
      Hope you don’t mind:)

  • I have made it a goal of mine to show gratitude and thankfulness when ever I can. It really has made a difference in my life.

  • Here in Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. Your poems still ring true. Definitely a time to be thankful for all of the gifts of life!

  • I really enjoyed the post, but my favorite is the Pilgrims poem.

  • Beautiful poetry that really captures the heart and essence of Thanksgiving!

    Warms the heart and gives you reasons to be thankful

  • All these poems are very uplifting and inspiring. Thanks for sharing such a great selection of poems, it brighten up my day.

  • Now the number of infection is going back up again, that we need positive energy and motivation for the week. Thanks a lot for sharing. Knycx Journeying

  • im thankful that with all this pandemic that affects the whole world…my family is safe so far from covid,,,despite loosing my job as a chef on the cruise ship we are able to survive our everyday needs.through online jobs..want to say thank you to our clients that employs us online

  • What a great masterpieces! It is indeed true that we should be grateful of what we have right now, not only now, but we should be thankful everyday! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

  • There are so many amazing things for us all to be grateful for in 2020, even in the midst of a pandemic. It’s important to remember all of these things are we prepare for the new year ahead.

  • Obviously, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Europe so to me, it’s always very inspiring reading about it.

  • I think thanksgiving is a great reason to practice gratitude more, it is very enriching

  • I LOVE this gratitude post. The quotes you provide are so beautiful and inspiring. Cheers!

  • I am thankful for this post. Brings such joy to my heart and a nice reminder for everyone to be thankful not only on thanksgiving, but everyday.

  • We don’t have Thanksgiving Day, but I like the idea of it coz it is a great gettogether with the whole family. Family is always important than the rest.

  • Even though there are a lot of challenges we’ve experienced this year, it’s important that we see the good things and be grateful for the every day blessings. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!

  • Love these poems ! Regardless of how this year went, its important that we find something to be thankful about because it could always be worse

  • We don’t have thanksgiving here in the philippines and I’m also kind of worried about how we are going to spend the holidays this year. We’ll definitely have to keep it small and safe for everyone right?

  • Thank you for this compilation of inspiring and encouraging quotes and poems about thanksgiving. This week has really been stressful and I found myself complaining a lot about so many little things. I’m reminded to have the heart of gratitude and practice the habit of thankfulness and thanksgiving.

  • Those quotes and poems are truly great to kick start Thanksgiving with full feeling! Thank you for collecting and sharing!

  • These quotes and poems really capture the spirit of the holiday. Thanksgiving is all about family and being thankful. I mean, it’s right there in the holiday name.

  • I love this quote,
    “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 hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving. So much to be thankful for!

  • 2020 has showed us how important it is to always be thankful, these are beautiful poems

  • I firmly believe that being thankful and grateful is a state of mind that we need to develop on daily basis.

  • I try to be thankful every day in my life. Every morning, I say three things I am grateful about the moment I wake up. These inspirations are great and I am copying some to put on my walls!

  • It’s a great reminder to be grateful and thankful in life. Thanks for these inspiring poems and quotes!

  • I’m from South Africa, living in the UK so I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but I love the positivity and gratitude, so thanks so much for sharing this

    Laura x

  • Who would have thought that the holidays are to be unique this year. I hope you have a wonderful, safe and healthy Holiday season.

  • I don’t celebrate thanksgiving but totally understand the emotion behind it. Such a great way to acknowledge and be grateful also.

  • “Be thankful for what you have. Your life is someone else’s fairy tale.”… this is simple but deep.

  • I always love your posts. We do not celebrate Thanksgiving here in Zambia. Regardless I love that you have picked the best poems.

  • Expressing thanks to all our near and dear ones, to God and to every other thing in the Universe which is helping us to survive and stay fine is important. Liked your post.

  • It is neat to read so many poems about Thanksgiving! Thanks for putting this together.

  • What wonderful quotes and poems. I especially love the Be Thankful poem because we should be thankful for the little things in our lives.

  • I love your posts with all these wonderful segments. Always so thoughtful, inspiring, and empowering.

  • Lovely quotes, we should be thankful for everything we have in our life. Thank you for sharing!

  • I don’t take enough time to sit down and be thankful for what I have. This is all so important and I think we all need to take the time to think about this more. Thank you for sharing!

  • I always come across the best poems, especially seasonal ones when I visit your blog! It makes me come to realize that I need to better practice gratitude on a daily basis.

  • This statement is so true…. We all want to be heard, appreciated, and respected. I just said something similar to a friend of mine last night that is in a bad relationship.

  • Wonderful poems for not just for one season, but every day of the year. We should be thankful and thank people every day.

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