Gratitude: Find ways to show your appreciation

Today as we gather with family and friends for a day of celebrating our many blessings, it is important to remember that we have so much more for which to be thankful than a day off for food and football.

We live in a nation where we are still free to be as divided in opinion even as we have been lately; free to worship and express our gratitude in any way we choose (or not); free to spend the day doing nothing but recovering from our food comas today, if we choose — or to go shopping to our heart’s content. There are many places in the world where people do not enjoy that kind of freedom or standard of living.

Today we must remember them — and those right here in our midst who will spend the day in more difficult circumstances than many of us can imagine. And we must be grateful that there are ways we can help. We must not take our blessings with a quick “thank you” and run, but use them to help lift the people around us, too.

Think, ladies and gentlemen, on this day of thanksgiving, about the many things for which you are grateful; and how you can spread the light those blessings bring to your life.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.


“Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.” — Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman


“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur War, author


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