Here are a few quotations to induce feelings of grace and gratitude
this chilly, busy month of November. (Here it is chilly, in your part
of the world, you may be having a nice warm day.) If you wish to read
my past research about Pilgrims and Thanksgiving, you may browse
the tags on my blog.
“Let us not become weary in doing good.
For at the proper time we will reap a
Harvest if we do not give up.”
(In the newer version of the Bible,
New Testament. Galatians 6:9)
A short story shared in a church bulletin:
“You are Here”
As I approached a brightly lit, vertical floor plan at a Mall,
I noticed a woman standing in front of it for quite a while.
“Can I help you find something or a store location?”
I offered her help.
As people scurried by and around us, she replied,
“No thanks. I’m just pausing for a moment.”
Then, pointing to the arrow she explained,
“You are here. I need to be reminded sometimes.”
Don’t we all need reminders of how blessed or lucky
we are to be here?
When life gets crazy, especially during the holidays, perhaps
we need to stop. Like the wise woman at the Mall, remind
ourselves we don’t have to try to be everywhere at once.
We’re “here.” That is the only place we can be.
Better still, we can imagine a bright arrow pointing to where we
are in life. We can go farther still, acknowledging, “God is here.”
A funny set of thoughts:
“You’re over the hill when you think all of your friends are showing
their age. . . but not you.”
“You’re over the hill when styles come back for the second time and
you still have some left from the first time.”
“You’re over the hill when your train of thoughts frequently derails!”
“You are NOT totally, personally, irrevocably responsible for
That’s my job.
Be watchful of signs of nature which lead you to peaceful moments.
Remember them later, cherishing the details in your memory.
Absorb fully, your family member’s words while you listen to them speak.