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“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” — Thornton Wilder

Thankfulness. Feelings of gratitude. Awareness of all the gifts, advantages and treasures within our reach. Most of the time we rush through life anxious to achieve, compete or begin…but how often do we stop to appreciate all we’ve been given.

No doubt, life overwhelms, yet I try to live with abundant gratitude. I am thankful not one November holiday, but each morning, afternoon and evening. I have good health, a loving family, amazing friends, rewarding professions and a plethora of gifts in my life.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein

Sometimes I think a person’s good intentions become lost in the frantic responsibilities of adulthood. We forget what a gift it is to have food to eat, a home to live in, and purpose in life. We forget how many others want or need these same things. We take it all for granted, but how quickly these gifts can be altered. Life is uncertain. Don’t forget to count your blessings.

“Some people have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy.” — A.H. Maslow

I’m thankful for the large things in life, but I appreciate the small moments too. Daisies, ladybugs, a well written paragraph, a rainbow on my commute home, a smile from a stranger, a perfect cup of coffee, a long laugh or good night’s rest. Sometimes the small things give us the strength to endure the larger things.

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” — Ralph H. Blum

On Thursdays I practice Random Acts of Kindness all day. This is not to say I miserly conserve my kindness on other days of the week, but on Thursdays I give myself a mental nudge to do a little extra. Try a little harder. Make someone else’s life a little brighter. The beauty of this endeavor is that it reciprocates the same in my life as well.

Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” — The Hausa of Nigeria

I am filled with gratitude. As a first grade teacher, I am surrounded by six-year olds anxious for Christmas and presents. They want so many things, unaware that the best gifts can’t be purchased – that presents should be spelled presence; knowing the good in one’s heart. I strive to instill a feeling of appreciation for the intangible and encourage their personal presence.

I hope you have peace in your heart and gratefulness for all your gifts this holiday and always. Happy Thanksgiving with heartfelt gratitude ~ Anabelle

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