Still Waters: Thankfully speaking


Entering the Thanksgiving holiday, I share some thoughts from folks more profound than I am to remind us to always keep a grateful perspective:

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward

“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey

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

“Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.” — Henry Ward Beecher

“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

“For what I have received may the Lord make me truly thankful. And more truly for what I have not received.” — Storm Jameson

“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

“The act is unjustifiable that either begs for a blessing, or, having succeeded gives no thanksgiving.” — Merle Shain

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” — Melody Beattie

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.”— Henry Ward Beecher

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” — Aesop

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” — Gilbert K. Chesterton

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” — James Allen

“Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” — Eric Hoffer

“God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.”— Izaak Walton

“A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most perfect prayer.”— Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:6-7

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