24 November 2015      

Welcome to Thanksgiving week!  In just two days here in the States,
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Thanksgiving
Andy Rooney

 Gratitude Is Larger Than Life
Melody Beattie

Learn to Be Thankful
Jim Rohn

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Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest person it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.

Edward Sandford Martin

Thanksgiving 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.

E.P. Powell

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

A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances.  A complaining soul complains even if he or she lives in paradise.

Bahá'u'lláh

  

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Thanksgiving
Andy Rooney

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 of appreciation.

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 service.

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 same.

Have a nice day.

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(Rest in peace, Andy--and thanks for sharing!)
  

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Gratitude is Larger Than Life
Melody Beattie

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.

"If you could give a person only one thing to help them," he said, "what would it be?"

I thought 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 change. 

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 life. 

Someone once 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.

"Everyone 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.

Identify 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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One of Life's Great Lessons -
Learn to be Thankful for What You Already Have

Jim Rohn

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 all.

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 act.

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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Expressing gratitude ignites the light within us and is a sure path to joy.  Gratitude is one of the highest vibrations of energy we can create, it's free, and anyone can give it.  It can be as simple as being thankful for soup, being thankful one can see, walk, wiggle a finger, or tap to a beat.  One can be grateful for happy children, good neighbors, good luck, and simply being alive. . . . Part of the journey toward joy involves not waiting around for trouble, but being continuously aware of our blessings.

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Illusion
Jennifer James

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 Thanksgiving print.

"Well, 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 Thanksgiving.
   
  

Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion.  Hope without thankfulness
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