Happy (day after?) Thanksgiving!
A relationship cannot survive and thrive if there is not a deep and pervading sense of gratitude between each for the other and for life. Without this mutual gratefulness, a relationship may survive and linger and limp along, but it will not thrive; one or both of the persons in it will be too susceptible to bickering and resentment, pettiness and self-centeredness. Without gratitude, each person is much less likely to see the other as real, as an end in themselves, and not as a prop or as an extension of one’s own ego, there to emotionally and physically complete and feed and provide for the self.
Gratitude—a sense of genuine appreciation and thankfulness—for life, for each other, and for having found each other, is what allows two people to love and respect and genuinely care for and about each other.
Gratitude asks the questions, “What would my life be like without you?” and “Where would I be now if you hadn’t come in to my life?” And knows that one’s life is much fuller and richer for having the other person in it.
In this sense, each day in a truly loving relationship is a Thanksgiving Day!
“It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth—and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up—that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
“Gratitude is one of the sweetest shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. No matter what is going on outside of us, there’s always something we could be grateful for.” –Barry Neil Kaufman
“One regret, dear world, that I am determined not to have when I am lying on my deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough.” – Hafiz
“Gratefulness is the key to a much happier life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy—because we will always want to have something else or something more.” – David Steindl-Rast
“To say thank you is courteous and pleasant, to act with gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratefulness is to touch Heaven.” – Johannes A. Gaertner
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart
“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then a lot of animals are better off than a lot of humans.” – James Herriot
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” – Cicero
“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” – G. K. Chesterton
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” – Denis Waitley
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy
“Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.” – Alfred Painter
“The happiest people are not those getting more but those giving more.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” – Aesop
“Good people and bad people differ radically. Bad people never appreciate kindness shown them, but wise people appreciate and are grateful. Wise men and women try to express their appreciation and gratitude by some return of kindness, not only to their benefactor, but to everyone else.” – Buddha
“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” – Eric Hoffer