“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.
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?
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!
Thanksgiving Is…. by Anonymous
A time of gratitude to God, our Creator, and Provider,
Whose guidance and care go before us.
And whose love is with us forever.
A time to reflect on the changes,
To remember that we, too, grow and change
From one season of life to another.
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 —
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 —
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 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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