Gratitude and Thanks


Post (c) by Doris McCraw

We are coming on my favorite time of year. I am partial to the Holiday of Thanksgiving. It is not a time of giving gifts. It has nothing except the heartfelt idea of being thankful. Despite how horrible we think life is, we really do have many reasons for gratitude and thanks.

The world around us is full of beauty, we have only to look.


We are surrounded by music, we have only to listen

How many of us have tried something new to eat, or savored the joy of eating an old favorite?


We hold our pets, our loved ones, the delight we take in that touch.


The smell of the air after a rain, of pine when you walk in the woods, or the rose you hold to your nose.


Take time to enjoy and employ all the senses, be thankful for all this world holds for us. No matter what happens, we have so much right in front of us, so much that makes our lives worth living. So tell that friend how much you appreciate them, hold your loved one close, and be grateful and thankful you get to experience life in all its glory. Remember the quote from my last post “It takes life to love life.”

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ” John F. Kennedy

Thank you.



22 thoughts on “Gratitude and Thanks

  1. I love that tune: Claire de Lune, so peaceful and soothing. And the part of Ralph’s phrase: “And because all things have contributed to your advancement” resonated with me this morning. Perhaps because I am trying to focus on our blessings as we have friends and family going through catastrophic illnesses and deaths right now. Great Thanksgiving post.


    1. Neva, I’m glad this post was useful. Despite how much we go through, there always seems to be a blessing somewhere, if we look. I know that has also been the case for me these past two years. May your Thanksgiving be one of peace and thanks. Doris


    1. Gayle, you made my day. I also am so thankful to have friends like you, even when we don’t see each other often. I am wishing for you a great 2017 and flourishing of your career. Doris


  2. Lovely post, Doris. I have always loved the tune Clare de Lune and your post and the link made me enjoy it all over again. Thank you for reminding us of the small things we need to be grateful for, as well as the bigger things. Giving thanks is what the holiday is all about.


    1. Linda, I think that is why it really is my favorite holiday. It reminds me of all the things I have to be so grateful for. It also turns my focus away from the negative and things I can’t control. Doris


  3. I’ve always enjoyed Thanksgiving as well. Overall, the holiday period of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas is a fun time. Thanksgiving… just as the word says, a time to give thanks and give to others.


  4. Doris – We don’t do thanksgiving but I do love it when my family congregate and take time out of everyone’s busy lives to just relax and enjoy each other. Those senses of ours include simple contentment.


    1. Nancy, yes, contentment is huge. While we do have a holiday here, I do believe the idea of thanks and gratitude is universal. May your family get togethers be many and fun. Thanks for the reminder of how important family can be. Doris


  5. I think I will play this song tomorrow as we have our Thanksgiving feast. We were prepared to have it on the road, but “Thankfully”, we will be able to share it with my SISTER-in law in Florida. Like you, I love Thanksgiving, because it’s not about giving or receiving it’s about sharing and loving. I am thankful for you and my other friends on WW&W’s, some of us have been through a lot together, and you supported me during my very worse and best times. Cher’ley


    1. Cher’ley, I am glad you can spend time with your family. It is a special time. We all appreciate you, I hope you know.

      Enjoy the music tomorrow and be safe. Life is a cycle of ups and downs, but friends and loved ones can make the journey easier. Doris


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s