I had an estate sale earlier this year, and sold quite a few things, many of them old pamphlets, books, etc. that belonged to my husband’s and my family. I don’t keep everything! But I have kept one pamphlet that I’ve read often since I was young, full of wise essays and poems about Thanksgiving. It was given to me by a teacher in high school. In the inside cover there is a part of a piece I’d like to share, by a B.W. Eva, credited as editor. The title is Thanksgiving Thoughts.
The words: “Thankfulness is a state of mind. It implies appreciation, joyousness, courage, hopefulness and moral strength. The sum of human comfort during the year past has been greater than last year, as it is each successive year. It is a thankless heart indeed that does not recognize this. The best part of it is that gratitude is within the grasp of everyone. No soul is entirely bereft.”
There are other words that inspire me, yet few talk about the need for courage. In challenging times, doesn’t it take courage to find things to appreciate? Finally, there is a quote from Cicero: “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.”