November 25th, 2009
It’s been said that an optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day!
Plenty of food at Thanksgiving sure gives us a reason to be thankful. But we can still find something to complain about – the turkey is dry, the gravy is too thin, and there’s no whipped cream for the pumpkin pie.
All too often we take our blessings for granted and we are not grateful.
H. W. Westermayer says, “The pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts … nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.”
A quote from Sadi, The Gulistan says, “Once, when my feet were bare, and I had not the means of obtaining shoes I came to the chief of Kufah in a state of much dejection, and saw there a man who had no feet. I returned thanks to God and acknowledged his mercies, and endured my want of shoes with patience.”
May we always have a heart of gratitude by focusing on and enjoying what we have, not lamenting and complaining about what we don’t have.
Happy Thanksgiving for all of us in the U.S.!