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in order to come
together and express our thanks for all that we
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Is Larger Than Life
to Be Thankful
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Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest person it comes as
frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.
Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest people, but be careful
that you do not take the day and leave out the gratitude.
gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is
generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
A thankful person is thankful under all
circumstances. A complaining soul complains even if he or she lives in paradise.
forget to visit our page dedicated to this beautiful holiday!
We need a good, quiet, low-key holiday once in a while, and that's
what Thanksgiving is.
It's unfortunate that we've diminished the importance of the word
"thanks" by using it so often when we don't really mean
it. We say it so many times during the average day that
there isn't much left to say when you really appreciate something
someone has done for you, and want to thank him or her with a word
What we've done is to invent a lot of superlative forms of the
word. We say, "Thank you very much," "thanks
a lot," "how can I ever thank you" and "thanks
a million." A million what is not clear.
For the most part, polite people use these phrases as a matter of
common courtesy. We can't hate people for being courteous
but, the fact is, we're filling the air with junk phrases.
When the man who fills my tank with gas for $19.75 gives me my
quarter change and says, "Thank you very much. Have a
nice day," my inclination is to say, "I'd trade your
kind words for a windshield wash."
The sign over the pump in one gas station I've been to several
times says, "No charge if we fail to smile and say thank
you." That's fine, but they no longer have an air
pump. What I want is less thanks for my patronage and more
When it comes to
the "Thanks" in Thanksgiving, I hope we don't use it
without any thought the way we so often use the word. I've
often thought it ought to be called "Appreciation Day,"
but I realize that just doesn't have the same fine sound to it
that "Thanksgiving" does.
Most of us go through the average days and weeks of our lives
using those meaningless junk phrases that have no real thought
behind them. It takes a toothache, the loss of a job or a
death in the family to make us recall how good things were when
our teeth didn't ache, when we were employed and when everyone in
the family was healthy.
The trick to being happy is to stop and think occasionally, during
normal times, how good things are going. At this very moment
at Thanksgiving, my teeth don't hurt, I'm making a living and my
family is fine. I'm just going to take the day off and sit
around appreciating how lucky I am, and I hope you can do the
Have a nice day.
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is Larger Than Life
One day, a friend
called me on the phone. He was going through a difficult time and
wondering if and when things would ever turn around and
improve. I knew he was in a lot of pain; I didn't know then
that he was considering suicide.
could give a person only one thing to help them," he said,
"what would it be?"
carefully about his question; then I replied, "It's not one
thing. It's two: gratitude and letting go."
Gratitude for everything, not just the things we consider good or
a blessing. And letting go of everything we can't
A few years have
passed since that day my friend called me on the phone. His
life has turned around. His financial problems have sorted
themselves out. His career has shifted. The two very
large problems he was facing at that time have both sorted
themselves out. The actual process of working through these
problems became an important part of redirecting the course of his
asked the artist Georgia O'Keeffe why her paintings magnified the
size of small objects--like the petals on a flower--making them
appear larger than life, and reduced the size of large
objects--like mountains--making them smaller than life.
sees the big things," she said. "But these smaller
things are so beautiful and people might not notice them if I
didn't emphasize them."
That's the way it
is with gratitude and letting go. It's easy to see the
problems in our lives. They're like mountains. But
sometimes we overlook the smaller things; we don't notice how
truly beautiful they are.
problems. Feel feelings.
But if you're
going to make anything bigger than life, let it be the power and
simplicity of these two tools: gratitude and letting go.
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Let us give
thanks for this beautiful day.
Let us give thanks for this life.
Let us give thanks for this water
without which life would not be possible.
Let us give thanks for Grandmother Earth
who protects us and nourishes us.
Daily Prayer of the
of Life's Great Lessons -
Learn to be Thankful for What You Already Have
Is thankfulness a survival skill? Perhaps most
of you would respond with, "No, Jim,
thankfulness is not key to survival", and I
would tend to agree with you. Most of us have
probably already solved the necessary problems of
survival, gone beyond that and are now working to
achieve our desires. But let me give you this
key phrase, "Learn to be thankful for what you
already have, while you pursue all that you
want." I believe one of the greatest and
perhaps one of the simplest lessons in life we can
learn is to be thankful for what we have already
received and accomplished.
Both the years and the experiences have brought me
here to where I stand today, but it is the
thankfulness that opened the windows of
opportunities, of blessings, of unique experiences
to flow my way. My gratitude starts with my
parents who raised me, gave me an incredible
foundation that has lasted me all of these years and
continues with the mentors that I've met along the
way who absolutely changed and revolutionized my
life, my income, my bank account, my future. I
am also very thankful for the people, the
associations, for the ideas, for the chance to work
and labor, and to produce results, all of that has
brought me to where I am. I'm grateful for it
What a unique opportunity each one of us has, all of
us; representing different countries, nations and
cultures, to appreciate the uniqueness of our own
experiences that has brought us to where we
are. For the countries we represent; we have
freedom and liberty. These are extraordinary
times; about eleven years ago the walls came
tumbling down, in Germany, and it started a wave of
democracy and freedom like the world has never seen
before. We as a country and as a world have so
much to be thankful for. Always start with
thanksgiving; be thankful for what you already have
and see the miracles that come from this one simple
Now thankfulness is just the beginning; next, you've
got to challenge yourself to produce. Produce
more ideas than you need for yourself so you can
share and give your ideas away. That is called
fruitfulness and abundance. Here's what I
think fruitfulness and abundance mean - to go to
work on producing more than you need for yourself so
you can begin blessing others, blessing your nation
and blessing your enterprise. Once abundance
starts to come, once someone becomes incredibly
productive, it's amazing what the numbers turn out
to be. But to begin this incredible process of
blessing, it often starts with the act of
thanksgiving and gratitude, being thankful for what
you already have and for what you've already
done. Begin the act of thanksgiving today and
watch the miracles flow your way.
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gratitude ignites the light within us and is a sure path to joy.
Gratitude is one of the highest vibrations of energy we can
it's free, and anyone can give it. It can be as simple as
for soup, being thankful one can see, walk, wiggle a finger, or
a beat. One can be grateful for happy children, good
luck, and simply being alive. . . . Part of the journey toward joy
not waiting around for trouble, but being continuously aware of
When Thanksgiving comes some
people are able to celebrate, but other people turn
into martyrs. They spend weeks cleaning the
house to make it perfect, and they spend eight or
ten hours cooking.
Why do we chase the illusion of the perfect
holiday? I think in part it's some of the
images in the media. Think of the Norman
Rockwell print--it's a classic. Rockwell's
painting shows a wonderful Thanksgiving
dinner. All the relatives are smiling.
The beautiful table is laden with food.
I've tried to put those kinds of Thanksgivings
together, but they never look like the
picture. They don't sound like it
either. I finally realized that the painting
is an illusion because there's no audio. For
just a minute let's plug a speaker into that
if you'd put the turkey in on time, George wouldn't
be drunk." "I don't know why you
cooked sweet potatoes, no one ever eats
them." "Tell me, does little Freddie
still wet the bed?"
This Thanksgiving don't try for the illusion of
perfection. Instead, save some of your energy
to enjoy the people with whom you're spending
thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without
is lacking in fine perception. Faith without
thankfulness lacks strength
and fortitude. Every virtue divorced
from thankfulness is maimed
and limps along the spiritual road.
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