Thanksgiving represents a time for families to come together, to give thanks and gratitude for all of life’s blessings. This day of thanks has remained an American tradition for centuries. Often filled with turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, the Thanksgiving celebration takes a different form in every household.
Some gather with family to share a meal, others value this day for its anticipated football games. Regardless of how you celebrate Thanksgiving, don’t forget to recognize the purpose of this holiday; to share genuine appreciation for your loved ones and to give thanks for all of the wonderful blessings life has offered.
The following quotes highlight the value of gratitude and the positive impact it can bring to your life. Take the time to read through them as a reminder of the true purpose of the Thanksgiving celebration.
“Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”
~ Margaret Cousins
Take the time to verbalize what you are thankful for. There are so many things we take for granted; coffee, blankets and socks are a couple great examples.
“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
Oprah hit the nail on the head with this one; if you are not able to express gratitude for what you have, you will never feel grateful when you finally get what you think you want.
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”
~ Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson is an intelligent man. When you take the time to recognize all of the wonderful elements of your life, you immediately gain a calming sense of gratitude and peace.
“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”
~ Ralph Marston
The people in your life represent the ultimate blessing, don’t forget to tell them how much you love them and how much appreciation you have for their presence.
“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.”
~ William Blake
Starting each day with a grateful heart will always leave you with ample blessings.
As Thanksgiving Day nears, take the time to recognize the ultimate purpose of this holiday. Count your blessings and appreciate the time granted with your loved ones. Your blessings are bountiful when you take the time to recognize them. Gratitude remains the key to contentment. A grateful heart is always full.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!